People thought I would be in trouble on grass, says Rafael Nadal


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People thought I would be in trouble on grass, says Rafael Nadal

During his career Rafael Nadal showed to be a high-level player on any surface, including grass as he won 2008 and 2010 Wimbledon and this year lost to the Serb Novak Djokovic in an epic semifinals match. Nadal said: 'Sure, I am happy that I improved my game on grass, but don't forget that the people who always said that I will be in trouble on grass probably are you.

(Laughter.) Because I played in grass in 2002 probably, the juniors, having two years less with 16 years old, and I did the semifinals with good chance to be in the finals. Was on grass and not on clay. I did Wimbledon semifinal with two years less, and the first Grand Slam that I played, if I don't remember bad, was Wimbledon was 2003, and I won against grass court specialist like Mario Ancic the first round.

I win against Lee second round from England, so they know how to play on grass. So I did the third round with 17 years old, so wasn't bad result. So that means that my level on grass and my ability to play on grass wasn't a disaster when I started on the this tour.

So that's true I improved my serve to play better on grass; that's true that I am able to play more aggressive, to slice better, to go to the net better than before; but one of the most important things on grass is the movement, and probably in 2003 I had fantastic movements, too.

So I understand how to play the grass, and most important thing is believe that you can do it well there and enjoy the surface and understand the surface. Don't go against the surface. If the surface says that you have to play aggressive, you have to play aggressive.

But nothing crazy, because at the end of the day you have your game so you can do something ‑‑ I don't gonna go to grass and play serve and volley because it's not my game. I will do it, yeah, five more times than in the rest of the surfaces, yes.

But not every time. And that's something that in the past probably or today some players forget. You have to do your game understanding how to play that surface.But most important thing is believe that you gonna do it well there, and enjoy the feeling.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title