Why Was Nadal Texting Straight After SF?

Straight after World No. 1 Rafael Nadal closed out his semi-final victory over reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov Saturday at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters and shook hands, he took his cell phone out of his bag momentarily. Why?

“I was texting Carlos to tell him that we need to book a court quick,” Nadal said of sending a message to his coach, former World No. 1 Carlos Moya. “That’s all.”

It was back to practice on a distant court for the 10-time Monte-Carlo champion, despite not losing more than four games in a set during his impressive 34-set winning streak on clay.

“I did it a lot of times in my career,” Nadal said of practising right after matches. “After the match, I was a little bit more nervous at the beginning. I just wanted to hit some forehands winners that I think I need for tomorrow.”

Nadal has looked impressive during his four matches at the Monte-Carlo Country Club, where he now holds a 67-4 record. But the 31-year-old Spaniard made it clear by going to practice ahead of his championship match against Kei Nishikori — there is always something to improve.

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