Rafael Nadal defeated Joao Sousa in straight sets, 6-2 6-2 6-2, to reach the quarter-finals. The Spanish player said: “It was a good solid match, the second serve didn’t work as well as two days ago, but the rest was very positive.
I am happy to be where I am, the body is holding well and I’m playing some good tennis. I had a difficult draw before starting the tournament. One of the toughest draws I ever competed into at Wimbledon. I'd rather be in this situation rather than suffering every day.
I am prepared but I do not know how things will go. My goal in the start of the week was to be competitive and I managed to do it. Every day I made steps forward playing very good matches." Nadal also commented on him playing on Centre Court while the world No.
1 Ashleigh Barty was scheduled on Court 2: “I am the world No. 2 and I won 18 Grand Slams. In the world of tennis today, honestly, my feeling is today I am a little bit more than Ashleigh Barty, even if Ashleigh Barty is the first player of the world and she already won in the French Open and she is playing unbelievable good.
For me the first day I have been playing on Court 1. I played in Suzanne Lenglen in Roland Garros, if I’m not wrong, in the second round. Every day is a decision. We cannot create polemics about that. Court No. 2, okay, they have to make decisions. Today they probably decided that. They have other girls playing on the Centre Court now”.