Rafael Nadal: 'It's important to be in the second week after a tough draw'


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Rafael Nadal: 'It's important to be in the second week after a tough draw'

Rafael Nadal was satisfied with his straight-set win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Spaniard said: "I played a solid match. I played a good quality of tennis. Honestly, I felt very comfortable this afternoon out there. I think [in the] second round I played a little bit better than the first round.

Today I played better than in the second round. It's important that after the tough draw I was able to find a way to be in the second week. That gives me some positive feelings. [It was] not a big physical demanding [match] today, so tomorrow is a day to keep working a little bit harder on some specific things.

In general terms, it has been an amazing, positive win. I know I have been serving well. But for my side it's not only about the serve. I need to continue the point well with my forehand and backhand. I think I didn't face a break point today; that's because my serve worked well.

At the same time my shots from the baseline, the continuation after the serve, has been [done] very well, playing aggressive, not many mistakes, being very precise." "I know I have been serving well. But for my side, it's not only about the serve.

At the same time my shots from the baseline, the continuation after the serve, has been [done] very well, playing aggressive, not many mistakes, being very precise. It’s important that after the tough draw, I was able to find a way to be in the second week.

That gives me some positive feelings. Tomorrow is one more day off to practise. Not a big physically demanding [match] today, so tomorrow is a day to keep working hard on some specific things”.