Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick says he is not concerned by Rafael Nadal because the Spaniard looks like someone who hasn't played in a while. After being sidelined for a month and a half, Nadal kicked off his clay season in Madrid.
In his Madrid opener, Nadal defeated Miomir Kecmanovic 6-1 7-6 (4). The following day, Nadal edged out David Goffin 6-3 5-7 7-6 (9) to reach the Madrid quarterfinal. After the win over Kecmanovic, Roddick was asked on Tennis Channel to rate Nadal's performance from 1 out of 10.
"Yeah, I mean probably about 6, he looks like a guy that hasn't played a tournament in a while but you don't really worry about him on the clay," Roddick said on Tennis Channel, per Sportskeeda.
Roddick: Nadal will find his level, no doubt about that
"One of Rafa's big things is he can get into these matches and the aggression will come, him opening up the shoulders and bullying people will come," Roddick added.
"His base level of 'listen I can run, I can grind, I can put the ball in awkward spots for my opponent up above their shoulders' that really never goes away." "He's gonna keep his unforced error-level low - that's a nice backup plan to have before everything starts making sense in the offensive side of all."
Pam Shriver agreed with Roddick that Nadal should be just fine, saying the Spaniard is certainly confident about his comeback after such a run in Australia. "I love also he says 'I manage it very well' - no kidding, no kidding, we've seen him manage it well for 18 years," Shriver said.
"By the way this is the tournament that is like terrible for him in consideration to other claycourt events. He's used to coming back now, the last six months from an injury. I think the fact what he went through when he went into the Australian circuit has given him confidence here in Madrid."