A day after making history by becoming the first ever player from Iran to win a Grand Slam junior match, Meshkatolzahra Safi came face to face with the man who inspired her to take up tennis in the first place: Rafael Nadal.
Rafael Nadal said the Paris Masters was a “positive tournament” for him despite Saturday’s semifinal defeat to Alexander Zverev, and hopes it will help him in his bid for a maiden ATP Finals title this month.
When Rafael Nadal beat the Argentinian Mariano Puerta in four sets to win his first major title at the French Open back in 2005, no one had any idea that it was the start of one of the most remarkable winning sequences in any sport.
Rafael Nadal's 13th French Open was hailed as "one of sport's greatest achievements" by close friend and rival Roger Federer, but for tennis's flagging chasing pack, it was another dagger in the heart of their ambitions.
Rafael Nadal is highly unlikely to defend his US Open title when the rescheduled Grand Slam tournament begins on August 31, after confirming that he will play in the Madrid Masters, which starts on September 13, the day after the final in New York.