For the second round of the Masters 1000 in Rome, Rafael Nadal (3rd) debuted with a solid victory against Jannik Sinner (18th) by 7-5 and 6-4 to get into the knockout stages of the tournament, where he will come face to face with Denis Shapovalov (14th).
The Central Court of the Foro Italico was witness to a great level of tennis. The Italian did not shrink in front of the legend, he played him equally and even gave himself the pleasure of breaking him twice. However, in those moments when the ball burns, it is when the manacorí takes out shine its quality. He managed to recover, recovered the service and closed the first sleeve by 7-5.
The second set started again with advantage for Sinner. He was 4-3 and served, but Nadal again tied the score. Won three games in a row and closed the match 6-4 to get into the round of 16 of the tournament, where he will play with Shapovalov.
On 2020, Rafa knew how to get between the top eight of the contest, but fell to the finalist Diego schwartzman.