Nadal cuts down Aussie tall Poppy on Paris

2021-06-01 22:37:29

Alexei Popyrin can at the very least say that he twice stood on the verge of successful a set in opposition to the best clay court docket participant in historical past in his personal Roland Garros kingdom.

But, in the end, Australia’s rising star may solely expertise the identical sinking feeling as numerous wannabes earlier than him on Courtroom Philippe Chatrier as he grew to become king of clay Rafael Nadal’s newest sufferer, slayed in straight units 6-3 6-2 7-6 (7-3).

Large-hitting ‘Poppy’, among the finest younger abilities within the sport, held two set factors in Tuesday’s third set as he sniffed the possibility of changing into solely the third man ever to take a set off Nadal in a primary spherical match.

Alas, for the 6ft 5in Sydney beanpole, maybe the second bought to him as, first, he served a double fault after which, stretching for a smash, cracked it too lengthy to permit the 13-times champion to wriggle freed from bother.

You do not get second possibilities in opposition to Nadal, who then went on to dominate the tiebreak and emerge triumphant, racking up his one hundred and first victory at Roland Garros after two hours 23 minutes.

Astonishingly, he is now gained 26 units in a row at his favorite venue.

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