News
Match reports

Wawrinka condemns Nadal to quarter-final defeat

This content was published 7 years ago. It may refer to a past edition of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

Stan Wawrinka recovered from 6-2 down in a first set tiebreak to beat Rafael Nadal in a late sensation at Foro Italico.

Nadal had made the final at least on each of his last six tournaments in Rome but his indifferent form continued in the clay court season as Wawrinka claimed a dramatic first set on the ‘breaker 9-7 after he had saved four set points and then took the second set 6-2 thanks to some power hitting.

It means Nadal has not won a clay court tournament this season heading into the French Open, where he will now be seeded outside the top four although his spirits were still high afterwards.

“I was happy with the way I played,” he said. “He played some amazing shots. I’ve lost in the quarter-final but I had two weeks in a row playing well and only one bad match with Andy Murray. I’m not playing bad.

“The only thing I’m sure is I will try in Paris, I feel like I’m playing well and if I continue practicing the way I am, I am confident. I have not been playing with nerves and that’s the most important thing.

“I am ready to accept the challenge but if I don’t play well I lose, life goes on, I have still won there so many times before.”

But for Wawrinka this victory set up an all-Swiss semi-final against Roger Federer.

“It was a great match for sure,” he said. “I’m really happy. I think the first set was really important for him. I’m doing the right thing for a few weeks now.

“He was missing something, the forehand shot on the baseline especially in the first set. To beat Rafa on clay is something amazing for me.

“I’m excited to play Roger, it’s always nice to play each other. It’s never easy for me to play him though, his game is not something I like. He is mixing it a lot and serving well and I will need to be at the top to have a chance of beating him.”

Read also

Follow us

Official sponsors

  • BNL
  • BMW
  • Joma
  • RealeMutua
  • Emirates
  • Dunlop
  • Algida
  • Valmora
  • FrecciaRossa
  • Ricoh
  • Pepperstone
  • Hologic
  • Eni
  • TicketOne
  • Herbalife
  • Emu
  • Technogym
  • Solgar
  • Moscato D’Asti
  • Kimbo
  • Heineken

Subscribe to our newsletter

Complete the registration process

Having read and understood the Privacy Policy, expressly and freely

the processing of my personal data for the purposes referred to in paragraph 3.1, including those relating to the sending of newsletters, commercial communications, promotions and direct marketing through fully automated contact systems (without prejudice to the possibility of expressing at any time the desire to receive communications for the above purposes exclusively through traditional means of contact).

the processing of my personal data for the purposes referred to in paragraph 3.2, including those relating to the sending of newsletters, advertising material and / or communications and information of a commercial nature and indirect marketing of services and products, related to offers, discounts and any other promotional initiative and loyalty adopted by our business partners through fully automated contact systems (without prejudice to the possibility of expressing at any time the desire to receive communications for the above purposes exclusively through traditional means of contact).

Cancel

Successful registration

Close