Rafael Nadal won again suffering in Basel. The Spaniard, who beat Lukas Rosol 7/6 in the third set last Monday, defeated Grigor Dimitrov by 6/3 in the decisive set. 'Another tough match', admitted Rafa.
'In this tournament every round is difficult and every player is fantastic. It's an important victory for me, I went through tough moments. In the third set I was one break down and I played with much pressure but I played a tough opponent.
I tried to return insider the court, to play with the forehand and to go on the net. But it's not easy, I need time, and this part of the season has been positive because I've won close matches. The most important thing of a victory is that I have another chance to play to practice on the things I need for 2016 in order to be very competitive.
The things are going better, there aren't other solutions than working', said Nadal, who will face Cilic or Gabashvili onto the quarter-finals: 'They are specialists on these courts, I will have to play at my best level.' 'What Do I do in practice? I try to work on the things that I believe to do in the important moments, hoping that little by little I do it more automatic.' Stan Wawrinka was beaten by Ivo Karlovic in three sets.
For the fourth year in a row, the Swiss doesn't win a match in Basel. 'I had good feelings. I played very well in the first two sets. Unfortunately I made two errors in the second set and these let Karlovic come back in the match.
I wanted to do better, today I had my chances, but I didn't take advantage. When you are one set-all against Karlovic, you can't relax. He was unbreakable.' 'Last year I was trying to find my game, my confidence, but now my game is okay.' Also Read: ATP BASEL - Nadal fights off Dimitrov after ups and downs, Wawrinka ousted once again in the opening round .