Three days after beating Nick Kyrgios 6-2 6-1 in the Beijing final, Rafael Nadal won through the same score against the American NextGen Player Jared Donaldson in Shanghai opening round. The Spaniard player was very satisfied with his performance and his 13th win in a row.
'Was a very quick match in all aspects', said Nadal, who has not been losing any match since Cincinnati quarter-finals to Kyrgios. 'I think Jared started playing very well at the beginning, serving big, and then hitting very strong from the baseline.
Of course I started trying to play a little bit more safe, without looking for big shots. Always the first match, as I say before, is difficult and the transition is not easy. So you're always a little bit, at the beginning, you respect the new conditions.
But of course I was happy to have that break in the 3-2 in the sixth game. Helps me that he made some double faults, two double faults. Then I played some good points, I think. After that I think I played a great match. Not many mistakes.
Playing very aggressive with the backhand/forehand. My serve worked well. I don't know the percentage, but probably was high. And when I was serving, the second serve was a big second serve too, no? Happy with everything. For me it was difficult to imagine a better start.' About the Year-End No.
1, Nadal said: 'It would be a very important achievement for me, no? Will be No. 1 four times in my career end of the season with so many years of difference I think is something very difficult. But remain work to do.
I have probably one of the toughest opponents that you can have to achieve that thing, and especially in this part of the season. He likes to play in the surfaces that we're gonna play, indoor, and here that the court is very fast.
So probably he is maybe more favored than nobody else, these kind of surfaces. As I always say, the only way to achieve that is keep winning (smiling).' ALSO READ: Francis Roig: 'Nadal wishes to head to ATP Finals better than ever' .