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That’s the opinion of tennis commentator David Law, who claims Rafael Nadal notoriously struggles with the altitude in Madrid.

The Spaniard suffered a shock quarter-final straight-sets defeat to Dominic Thiem last week in Madrid after wins over Gael Monfils and Diego Schwartzman.

But despite not dropping a set against Monfils and Schwartzman – which saw him break John McEnroe’s record for consecutive set wins on a single surface – he looked uncomfortable at times.

And it was against the Argentine which Law believes Nadal showed signs that he would struggle to win the Madrid Open.

“Nadal was kind of fortunate not to drop a set there and his game was just a bit off,” Law said on The Tennis Podcast.

“The altitude in Madrid does things to his game that Rome and certainly Roland Garros do not do.

“They take away something from him and you can look at that in his results.

“He has not had anything like the degree of success in Madrid like he has in Barcelona, Monte-Carlos, Roland Garros and, to a slightly lesser extent, in Rome.

“I’m not in the slightest alarmed by that result from Nadal. He does usually lose at least one match in the clay-court season.

“He’s playing so many matches so even Nadal is going to have a physical let-down at some point.”

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