Rafael Nadal beat Juan Martin del Potro 6-4 6-1 6-2 to reach his 11st French Open final. Talking to reporters, the Spaniard said that, although for media and fans he is the favorite, the achievement of playing another championship clash in Paris is not something banal.
'Today is a day to rejoice', Nadal said. 'When you're in a final like Roland Garros, it's a great happiness. Being in a final here is something I should rejoice about and be happy about. It may sound easy and logical, but I don't want it to be.
It's not a routine. I don't want anyone to think that it's a routine. It's a day that I should rejoice about, enjoy. And from tomorrow on, I will do what I have to do to get ready for Sunday. Good thing is I played a lot of good matches this clay court season.
So Sunday is the day to give my best, is the day to increase even a little bit more the level. I hope to be ready to do it. That's the goal.' Analyzing the match won over the Argentinian, Nadal added: 'I feel lucky to have saved the first set.
Yes, I feel that I faced the match mentally as I had to. And the result is what it is. But normally, the way the game went, I should have lost the first set, but I managed to save the points. And from then on, when I managed to win the set, the game changed.
He was playing very good, but when I started playing really well and with more intensity, I managed to win the two sets. And I would say that after the first set, the match was very positive for me.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer: 'Wimbledon seemed to be perfect moment to retire, but...'