The match between Rafael NadalATP No. 5 and Damir Dzumhur ATP No. 94 was expected to be easily won by the Spanish player. Things went as expected with Rafael Nadal winning the first set 6-2. There was no reason to believe he wasn’t headed for an easy victory. The unknown Tennis player from Bosnia changed tactics in the second set and disrupted Nadal’s domination. The Bosnian player’s reward took the shape of a set won by 6-4.

According to ESPN, Nadal decided to abandon the match in the third set at the 3-0 score for Dzumhur. Although it was apparently due to excessive heat, this abandon can be part of a medium-term strategy for Nadal.

The clay season is Nadal’s only chance

After the Miami tournament, the next stop in the ATP calendar is the season on clay, which is the Spaniard’s favorite field and also the place where he recorded the greatest achievements in his entire career. The tournaments in the Masters category, the events in Monte Carlo (where Federer is also expected to return), Rome, and Madrid can prove to be a breath of fresh air to Nadal. The clay season will end withRoland Garros – the place where the King of Clay triumphed 9 times, which is a record so far.

Nadal ends a disappointing hard court season

The Spanish player who turns 30 on June 3rd ends a dull season on the outdoor hard court. Although he played in a hard court final at Doha and a semifinal at Indian Wells, Nadal is far from the yield he put in over the past years.

On these two occasions he was literally blown away by the perfect game played by his opponent, Novak Djokovic. In the Australian Open he lost in the opening round to Fernando Verdasco (a rematch from his fellow countryman for the defeat in the unforgettable 2009 semifinal at Aussie).

Back to Rafael Nadal’s future, his abandon at Miami gives him plenty of time to prepare his strategy on clay.

According to the ATP calendar, the Monte Carlo tournament starts April 10th.His qualities on this surface do not require presentation, and he is likely to bounce back.

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