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Defeating Rafael Nadal on Clay Court Is “Very Different” Claims Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev claims defeating Rafael Nadal at clay court would feel different.

Rafael Nadal, the Spanish maestro, is known as the ‘King of Clay’ because of his phenomenal performance at clay courts. Thus, Alexander Zverev claims to win against Rafa at clay is “very different” than hard or grass courts.

Rafa has seven encounters with the German professional, and the Spaniard won five times. However, in the past two encounters, Nadal lost to Zverev. Further, those two matches were on hard courts, which is not Rafa’s forte.

This time the World No. 2 will take on Zverev at the clay court of Madrid for the 1000 circuit. World No.6 is optimistic about defeating the Spaniard and claims, “I’ve beaten him the last few times that we’ve played but obviously beating him on a clay court is very different,”.

However, the German is not being too confident in facing Rafa, as he knows the Espanyol can be a Raging Bull at clay. Therefore, Zverev further added, “He moves better on a clay court than he does on a hard court so it’s not easy to hit winners against him.”

Rafael Nadal lost to Alexander Zverev at the semi-finals of the Rolex Paris Masters on November 7, 2020.

Rafael Nadal lost to Alexander Zverev at the semi-finals of the Rolex Paris Masters on November 7, 2020, in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Nadal took on the Australian Alexander Popyrin at the Round of 16, the Spanish maestro won the match in a straight with 6-3, 6-3. Now, the 34-year-old will play against Alexander Zverev. However, Rafa is being cautious to take on the German and he added, “He is one of the best players in the world and hits 220km/h serves. He makes you struggle. But if I keep playing at this level, I will have chances.”

Therefore, we might witness a fierce battle between the Spanish and German professionals. As both players would give their best shots to push each other into a corner.


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