Rafael Nadal says he is taking clay slump ‘naturally’

Rafael Nadal:'Alexander Zverev is the young guy who won most titles so far'

The Serbian, who is bidding to equal Rafael Nadal's record of 33 ATP Masters 1000 titles, will face the victor of other semi-final clash between world number two Rafael Nadal or reigning ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas in the summit showdown.

The Caja Magica in Madrid resonated with "Vamos Rafa" jingles in the Saturday's night session, but it was the 20-year-old Greek, Stefanos Tsitsipas who blew out the "King of Clay", Rafael Nadal in his home ground.

Nadal, meanwhile, was left reflecting on a third straight semi-final exit on clay after losing to Fabio Fognini in the Monte Carlo Masters and Dominic Thiem in the Barcelona Open. He defeats rising ATP star Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals, winning in straight sets.

Overall Nadal looked reasonably sharp all match, serving well and moving quickly across the court against a player who is just 18 years of age.

"It's more normal what is happening right now than what happened in the last 14 years", he said.

The Greek livewire played a textbook drop-shot, only to watch Djokovich somehow get is racquet beneath it at the last second, dobbing it cross court to win the unlikeliest of points.

Tsitsipas was impressed with how Djokovic wrapped up the win in 91 excruciating minutes.

Djokovic has won a total of 74 titles since turning pro in 2003. "I've won a lot for many years on this surface but this year it hasn't been like that".




"You just have to accept it and I have to accept it naturally. I couldn't do much", Tsitsipas said. "I've been really close, but I haven't been able to win".

I anticipate the match to be very competitive, and the market does too, chalking up Djokovic as a marginal [1.90] favourite. And what I have to do is to be fit and to play properly and a high tennis level.

Djokovic, the 2016 French Open champion, won the title Sunday on the clay courts at Madrid.

As far as their next venture goes, both Djokovic and Nadal would shift their focus to Rome Open, starting this week.

"He deserved the victory, he played unbelievable". Tsitsipas is playing incredible tennis right now, but it's fair to question how much he has left after six sets and almost five hours in his last two matches. She had victories over three Grand Slam champions in the Spanish capital - Jelena Ostapenko, Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova.

Djokovic said he was likely facing an opponent lacking a few physical reserves after a long semi-final struggle with Nadal.

Halep is chasing her third Madrid title after winning the tournament in 2016 and 2017.

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