Rafael Nadal has reached the quarter-finals of each of the slams this year. What has he changed for that to happen? Change in scheduling and training? 'Last year didn't happen because of one point,' Nadal admitted.
'That's the true, no? Last year didn't happen because I lost that match in Wimbledon against Muller 15-30 in the fifth. I was very close to make that happen. It's not the moment to analyze all the things that I went through.
But injuries, since 2012. I did it 2011. 2012, half year injured, and I didn't play Australia at all. I missed Wimbledon -- not Wimbledon, but was the same as missing, because I was destroyed with the knee. After that I didn't play until Vina del Mar 2013.
2013 I missed Australia, impossible. 2014, the same. I was not able to play I think in the US Open. 2014 I was playing very bad, that's all. 2016 I get injured in Roland Garros again with the wrist. That's the things that happened since 2011.
Is the history of my career, too. Probably I am sure that I missed more Grand Slams in my career in terms of the top guys comparing to the other top players, the one that I missed more Grand Slams. That's probably the fact that I have not been in that position.
But happy for that. Is a great result, especially at this stage in my career. Just happy the things that I am doing, the way I'm working. Just try to focus and keep going the same way.' Analyzing the upcoming semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro, Nadal added: 'It will be a very tough one.
Probably Juan Martin is -- in Wimbledon he's a great player. He's a great player on grass. Well, he's a great player everywhere. But the challenge of playing him on hard of course is even higher for me personally than playing against him on clay, like happened in Roland Garros.
Even like this, I had a very lucky first set.' ALSO READ: Mats Wilander explains why Dominic Thiem can beat Rafael Nadal at US Open