Crowd won't be on my side in clash against Rafael Nadal, says Joao Sousa

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Crowd won't be on my side in clash against Rafael Nadal, says Joao Sousa

Joao Sousa defeated Dan Evans to reach the Wimbledon fourth round and book a clash against Rafael Nadal. The Portoguese player said: "Now I think it's time to rest and enjoy this win, because it was very hard out there.

Rafa is a great player and there are no words to describe him. I am sure that I will have the crowd against me. I made history for my country and I feel proud for being part of this history. We are a little country but I feel very proud to be part of it.

Hopefully I can play at a good level, because I will give my best to win. It was an unbelievable match. The crowd was unbelievable too, I never played in front of such a crowd. Playing on the No. 1 Court in Wimbledon is a dream came true, and winning in the fourth round is amazing."

Meanwhile Toni Nadal spoke about Garbine Muguruza's up and downs: "She needs to start her journey towards the improvement. If she gets her desire back, and that's what she has to do, we will see her in the places she deserves to.

I do not understand what's happening in the women's tennis. Over the last ten Grand Slams, only one player repeated the title, which means it's unpredictable. The consistent changes on the first rankings position have been the dominant thing over the most recent times.

That was also the case of our player Garbine Muguruza, who became No. 1 in September 2017 and now she seems to be far from the level she was used to. We thought she would be on the highest positions on a consistent basis. From then, she had much less brilliant seasons.

Looking at her matches, I see too much pressure. If we take her finals won in the French Open and Wimbledon, she lacks consistency now. I think we have enough reasons to trust Garbine. If she was able to make it, she will definitely can repeat it."