Rafael Nadal displays lightning reactions to return Fabio Fognini shot which clipped net
By Sky Sports Tennis
Last Updated: 18/05/18 2:46pm
Fabio Fognini may have sported a lightning bolt on his t-shirt, but it was Rafael Nadal with lightning-quick reactions in their quarter-final encounter at the Rome Masters.
Italian Fognini was spurred on by a partisan crowd in Rome, but there was no stopping Nadal once he found his groove.
In the third set, a Fognini shot clipped the net with Nadal advancing, but somehow the Spaniard reacted quick enough to return the ball - without seemingly looking at it - and win the point.
It ultimately proved to be a one-way deciding set, but this point typified why Nadal is so difficult to beat on the red dirt. Can anyone deny him an eighth title in Rome?
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