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Rafael Nadal claims the Italian Open court is “dangerous”. The Spaniard suffered a slight injury scare in his quarter-final win over Alexander Zverev at the Masters 1000 event in Rome on Friday.
Nadal won 6-3, 6-4 against Zverev and is looking to add to his Barcelona Open triumph with victory in Rome ahead of the French Open at the end of the month. The 20-time Grand Slam winner, however, suffered a fall on his left shoulder in the first set against Zverev.
The Spaniard was in visible pain but recovered to see out the match comfortably enough in two hours at Foro Italico.
Speaking to Amazon Prime Video after beating Zverev, he said: “It was very clear what happened. Some lines are higher than the rest of the court so when you touch the line it’s dangerous. That’s it.”
The ‘King of Clay’ added: “Yeah I’m happy. I think I played a very solid match with not many mistakes, playing the way I have to. Important victory for me again against a great player.
“I’m happy. Semi-finals here in Rome one more time, confidence for myself and another victory against a great player so very pleased.
“I think I played more solid than in Madrid. At the same time conditions are different. In Madrid he was able to create a lot of damage with his serve and then with the first shot here, the situation is a little bit different, a little bit more normal conditions on the clay.
“I was able to control the game a little bit more than in Madrid where the ball was flying a lot and it was difficult to be under control. At the same time the main thing is that I played well.”