Rafael Nadal: 'Fognini is playing great. I saw him a bit on Wednesday'

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Rafael Nadal: 'Fognini is playing great. I saw him a bit on Wednesday'

Rafael Nadal defeated Guido Pella in a straight-set match at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. The Spaniard, who prevailed 6-3 6-4, was satisfied with his win. "Have been a tough day in terms of wind", said Nadal. "But we are used to play like this.

When we play on outdoor courts, that's part of the game, too. Of course is better to play without this kind of wind. At the same time is beautiful to play under tough conditions because then the player who has different options to play has better chances to survive these kind of days, no? Is about adapt and being focused mentally.

Of course, I prefer to play without these conditions, but in some way I enjoy." In the first set, Nadal hit a shot behind his back. Asked if you can practice it, Nadal replied: "Well, you can practice when you are doing a smash, when you are practicing your smash.

Sometimes if the ball is a little bit longer than usual like today, I normally try to hit the ball. If you do it on the practice, you have another thing to do on the match. That's all." On his next opponent Fabio Fognini, Nadal concluded: "He's playing great.

I saw him a little bit yesterday. He played a great match. He's having a great season, one of the best of his career, if not the best. He's playing at very high standards. I need to be playing well. I think today I play better than yesterday, so I hope tomorrow continue with this improvement.

That's what I need if I want to keep having chances to be through, knowing he is a very tough opponent. We are in quarterfinals of a Masters 1000. All opponents are tough. For me tomorrow is an opportunity to go on court against one of the best players, try to play a good match. So let's see if I am able to. Hopefully yes."