In a surprising turn of event, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal had his 41-match win streak in Barcelona abruptly stopped by fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro on Friday afternoon, which marked Almagro’s first victory over Nadal in 11 attempts. Rafa held a 3-1 lead in the final set, yet allowed Almagro back into the match and eventually lost a crucial break and was unable to stop Almagro serving out the match a few minutes later. Nico sealed the decider in a breaker, winning 2-6 7-6 (5) 6-4.
The loss ends Nadal historic title streak in Barcelona at eight straight, and was his first loss at the tournament since he was 15 years olds.
When asked about the historic loss, Nadal shrugged it off and accepted his fate as simply being part of the sport.
“That’s sport,” said Nadal, following his surprising defeat. “Obviously it’s not the happiest day for me, but obviously I never thought I would win here 70 matches in a row. It was not my day today. I felt I did a lot of things well today to win the match, but at the end, [there] remained a little bit. Just accept the situation and keep fighting.”
“For two sets I was playing better than him, much more chances than him,” he said. “I was in advantage, in control, and I missed a lot of opportunities during the match. And playing against a good opponent like him, the normal thing is lose in the end and that’s what happened.”
Nadal is next scheduled to play in the Mutua Madrid Open, which takes place between May 4-11 in Madrid, Spain.