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“Rafael Nadal’s Italian Open Exit Signals Potential Farewell as Hurkacz Shocks in Rome”

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  • Nadal, a dominant force with 10 previous titles in the Italian capital, faced a swift defeat of 6-1, 6-3 at the hands of the formidable Pole, wrapping up in just 93 minutes.
  • Despite grappling with physical concerns, Nadal remains torn about his decision, expressing a leaning towards competing in the pivotal tournament yet acknowledging the challenges he faces.


World number nine Hubert Hurkacz dealt a decisive blow to Rafael Nadal’s Italian Open campaign, sending the 37-year-old Spaniard packing in what may be his final appearance in Rome. Nadal, a dominant force with 10 previous titles in the Italian capital, faced a swift defeat of 6-1, 6-3 at the hands of the formidable Pole, wrapping up in just 93 minutes.

As Nadal contemplates retirement after the 2024 season, uncertainty looms over his participation in this year’s Roland Garros, where he has clinched the title 14 times. Despite grappling with physical concerns, Nadal remains torn about his decision, expressing a leaning towards competing in the pivotal tournament yet acknowledging the challenges he faces.

In other matches, defending champion Daniil Medvedev secured a victory against Great Britain’s Jack Draper, setting up a clash with qualifier Hamad Medjedovic. Meanwhile, Polish sensation Iga Swiatek advanced to the women’s last 16 after overcoming Yulia Putintseva, and Naomi Osaka continued her flawless run by defeating Daria Kasatkina, setting the stage for further compelling matchups in the tournament.

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