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Nadal saves five match points in his debut in Paris

Posted on: November 11, 2009


Nadal, during his match against Almagro

Rafael Nadal struggled in his first round in the Masters 1000 of Paris (France), where he needed three sets and more than three hours to beat Nicolas Almagro in a fraticide duel in which the lefty player from Manacor had to save five match points. The final score: 36 76(2) 75. Nadal, who didn’t play his best tennis, was always at Almagro’s mercy, who was very close to winning but couldn’t close the match in the second set, wasting five match points at 6-5 and 40-0 serving. Almagro’s efficiency with his first serve made him dominate the first set (5 aces and 89% of points won with first serves), and most of the second, but Nadal’s well-known fighting skills and tenacity allowed him to pull the match out, even when he was 5-3 down in the third with Almagro’s serve.
All five matches that these two Spaniards have played have ended up with Nadal going to the next round. In this case, his next opponent will be his fellow countryman Tommy Robredo, who defeated the odds and won against Thomas Berdych.


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