Nadal backs Argentina to respond after Saudi World Cup shock

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Rafael Nadal knows all about resilience in sport and the 22-times Grand Slam tennis champion said Lionel Messi’s Argentina can shake off the disappointment of their stunning World Cup defeat by Saudi Arabia and have a deep run in Qatar. “I’m not one for extremes, neither too much euphoria nor too much catastrophe,” Spaniard Nadal, a big football fan who supports Real Madrid, said before his exhibition match against Norwegian Casper Ruud in Buenos Aires. “The world hasn’t changed… They simply lost a game and there are two to go. The least they deserve is confidence and respect. “They come from …

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