Rafael Nadal commented on how it felt to face a left handed player for the first time in a while. The Spaniard defeated Guido Pella 7-6 6-3 after two hours and 15 minutes, and in a press conference he said: "Always is a change, but that's all.
No, no, no. Is nothing to complain about it. No, no, for him is the same situation, and I am used to play against left-handed players. So it was not the problem. Was a tough beginning of the match. I missed a couple of balls that have been really important, and have been tough mentally to be 4-1 losing all the serves.
But then I have been able to escape that game, and I know that game was the key, 4-1 to 4-2 or 5-1 makes a big difference. 4-2 was still alive on the set. 5-1, almost impossible, no? That game was decisive, and I was lucky to win that one.
So, yeah, after that, match changed a lot. Tennis have these kind of things no? You need to accept every day the situation. Every day is a different day against a different opponent, different feelings. One day is windy; one day is not windy.
One day you have better feelings; another day you have a little bit worse feelings. The important thing, at the end of the day, is accept everything. Knowing that anything can happen is easier to accept, and then just find a way to be through when the day is not perfect for you, because then you have another chance the next day.
Matches like today, being honest, helps even if I don't play my best for moments. If I am able to recover myself well, I believe in terms of physical performance, in terms of confidence, in terms of battling every point, have been an important match for me."