Nadal knocked out of Italian Open by Shapovalov

Tennis player Rafael Nadal has been out for six weeks with a rib injury before returning for the Italian Open last week. – EPA pic, May 13, 2022.

RAFAEL Nadal crashed out of the Italian Open in the third round yesterday, after falling to a shock 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 defeat at the hands of Denis Shapovalov.

“King of Clay” Nadal’s defeat in Rome casts doubt over his prospects at the upcoming French Open, where he has been crowned champion 13 times but faces a threat from teenage phenomenon Carlos Alcaraz.

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