The King of clay. In one of those comebacks that remain in history, the Spanish Rafael Nadal (3rd) He knew how to overcome adversity on the scoreboard and He won against Denis Shapovalov (14th) by sets of 3-6, 6-4 and 7-6 (2) to reach the quarterfinals in the Rome Masters 1000.
Nadal, winner of 20 Grand Slam tournaments and 9 times the Rome tournament, arrived at the meeting after beating local Jannik Sinner (18th) in his debut. For his part, the Canadian had reached this stage after dispatching Stefano Travaglia (69 °) by 7-6 (2) and 6-3. In the first set, the world No. 14 displayed wonderful tennis, broke twice in a row at the start and went 4-0. The Spanish, raised his level, tried to level the sleeve but ended up yielding 6-3.
In a second, things seemed to stay the same for Shapovalov with a break at the start. But the manacorí imposed his conditions, stood from the back of the court, broke at the right moments and finished the set 6-4.
Already in the third, the parity between both players was maintained until reaching the tie-breaker. There, Nadal took out all his hierarchy, showed his best version and ended up liquidating the game in his favor by 7-6 (2). In the previous one, the history between them was with an advantage of 2 to 1 for the European. Their last confrontation had been in the Davis Cup final in 2015 with a victory for Manacor.
The rival in the next round will come out of the duel between the German Alexander Zverev (6th), who comes from beating him in Madrid last week, and the Japanese Kei Nishikori (45 °).