In the year Between 2005 and 2014, Rafael Nadal won at least one major title for ten consecutive seasons, a record that is rarely broken. The Spaniard, who has been struggling with injuries, has played just seven matches since Wimbledon 2014 and has lost his momentum ahead of the new season.
Nadal in 2011 In 2015, he reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and Indian Wells. Andy Murray dethroned Nadal in Madrid, and suffered only his second Roland Garros defeat, losing to Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals.
Rafa stayed in the top-10 for the next two months, winning titles in Stuttgart and Hamburg. Nadal tried his best to find his form before the North American hard court swing, but it didn’t happen. Nadal advanced to the last eight in Montreal after defeating Sergei Stakovski and Mikhail Youzhny.
It was their eighth win on tour and the first win for the Japanese. He ousted the Spaniard 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 23 minutes to reach the last four. Kay’s first serve proved the most powerful weapon of his era.
He took two of the three breaks and was pressed into the other half. Rafa failed to do much behind the first shot, sprinkling six double faults and hitting the exit door after getting broken four times out of the many chances given to Kay.
Rafael Nadal lost to Kei Nishikori in straight matches at Canada 2015.
Nishikori hit two huge winners in the second game of the match to get his name on the scoreboard. He took a break after a few minutes for early lead and pace.
Firing from all cylinders, Kay got another break in the 5th game to win 5-2, hoping for more in the opening match at number two. Nadal double-faulted at 1-1, got a break and won 6-2, 3-1.
Racing to the finish line, Nishikori scored a return winner and got another break to open a 4-1 gap. In the 6th game, Nadal extended his stay in contention before breaking back to 2-5. Rafa won a forehand crosscourt in game nine of the 15th to cut the lead to 5-4 and force his opponent to serve out for the second time.
Kei hit a forehand winner in the next to seal the deal and beat Rafa for the first time in his career. It was Nadal’s first season at the Canadian Masters without a Masters 1000 title since 2004. Despite strong efforts in Shanghai and Paris, he was unable to improve the rest of the season.