Rafael Nadal needed to fight a lot to beat Stan Wawrinka. The Spaniard prevailed 7-5, 7-6(4) after two hours and seven minutes. The second set was particularly complicated for Nadal, who was first leading 2-0, then Wawrinka broke him twice and the Swiss got two points away from taking it to a third set, being up 5-4 30-15.
Nadal praised the 33-year-old's return at the high level and also admitted that, despite struggling a loy, he could improve from this meeting. 'It was a good match,' Nadal recognized in the press conference. 'Of course, a very positive victory for me against a very tough opponent. Happy to see Stan playing that well again. So I am very pleased. That's what I needed, a match like this to be a little bit more confident and I did it.'
Nadal then commented on upcoming quarter-final match against Marin Cilic: 'The first thing that I need to do well is play my best tennis. Without playing well it will be impossible. Quarter-finals after two good victories, tomorrow is the day to play a little bit better and that’s what I’m going to try.'
Nadal was also asked about the good and bad thing of having a long Wimbledon run: 'The thing is there are two things to see it, no? If you lose a little bit early in Wimbledon, so you take the days off before and you have more time to practice for the hard court season. And if you play a good Wimbledon, then you have less time to prepare the hard court season. Anyway, you need some period off after, you know, probably the toughest period of the year for me, mentally and physically.'