Maxime Cressy isn't lacking any confidence in himself as he targets the No. 1 spot. On Saturday, Cressy continued his strong start to the year as he beat Christopher O'Connell 6-2 6-7 (6) 6-3 6-2 to reach the Australian Open round-of-16.
In his first tournament of the season, Cressy made the Melbourne Summer Set final as a qualifier. In the final, Cressy competed well but Rafael Nadal won 7-6 (6) 6-3. Cressy has been playing confident ever since the Nadal clash because he believes he put Nadal in an uncomfortable spot.
"Yeah, even No. 1, yeah, I'm very confident. My game style can beat anyone, so starting this year I'm very confident. I played Nadal and I really believe that it really put him in an uncomfortable position. So I really stick to my routines and to a very disciplined mindset I can do it," Cressy said after the match, as revealed by Luca Fiorino.
Cressy was praised by Nadal
After the Melbourne final, Nadal spoke positively of Cressy, who is becoming known for his serve-and-volley style. "I’m sure your style will prevail and I really believe that it’s something new, again, that you bring to the game, so it’s great to see again players like you," Nadal told Cressy.
Cressy had a couple of nice words for Nadal as he was impressed by Nadal's attitude and dedication to the game. "I think I inspire myself from Rafa. I was impressed by his attitude and his dedication to always be prepared and no matter what be very vigilant, and I think I'm inspiring myself from him, and to be always disciplined," Cressy said.
"Everyone is good and everyone can play well, and I always have to play my best tennis of the day." Cressy now has a tough task ahead of him as he plays next Daniil Medvedev.