Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal was beaten in all sets in the quarter-final of the Italian Open however Novak Djokovic is set for the semi-finals.

The nine time champion lost to Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman for the first time in his career, going down 6-2 7-5 as he struggled with his serve.

Djokovic also loss a set and needed more than two hours to defeat 97th ranked German Dominik Koepfer 6-3 4-6 6-3.

The Serb’s temper was on display again. Nadal¬†smashed a racquet after losing a service game, two weeks after being defaulted from the US Open for hitting a line judge with a ball.

“It’s not the first nor the last racquet I’ll break in my career,” he said.

“That’s how I guess I release sometimes my anger. I am working on my mental and emotional health as much as I’m working on my physical health.”


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