By Abigail Hinto
SHANGHAI, China -Â Visibly disappointed and calling his return of serve “terrible,” World No. 2 Rafael Nadal of Spain fell to Germany’s Florian Mayer at the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Thursday 7-6(5), 6-3.
Nadal told the media that he felt he was playing well, had a good “line” with his practice and playing since the US Open, and now it was “broken”. Â Acknowledging Mayer’s good play,Â Nadal was very disappointed with his return of serve especially off the first serve. Â Winning only four points off of Mayer’s first serve, was “terrible.”
Mayer gave credit to his improved results to his improved fitness â€œI just am maybe a little bit fitter mentally and physically. Maybe that’s 2% or 3% more. Yeah, it gives you a lot more on court.