Rafael Nadal: 'I play better on fast than slow hard court'

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Rafael Nadal: 'I play better on fast than slow hard court'

Yeah, well honestly the conditions here are much slower than what we played at the end of the season, so it's normal that -- I saw on TV that people had more chances on the return than usual because the courts are slow, something that people thinks because I had a lot of success on clay that it's better for me but it's not true, I normally play much better on fast surfaces than very slow surfaces.

And the serve the first day was not that bad. I lost the first game, but then I was serving comfortable until 6-3, 5-2, then I had a couple of mistakes. But he played well, of course my serve didn't work well at that two games, but with not a very negative feeling in terms of serve.

No, today I improved, I think, I don't know how many aces, but I serve quite a good free points, I had some good free points with my serve and the second serve worked well too. So I think I suffered just in a couple of games during the whole match, so that's important.

Good. I saw him playing good in the off-season, practicing every single day in Mallorca and he was practicing strong and very well and, yeah, it's very important to have a beginning of the season with these two great results winning against John and against Fabio.

He's amazing and I think that in the past he had some trouble because he used to prefer to play on clay much more than hard, but that's something that for me personally makes me happy, because he's a great guy, he's a hard worker and he has a great family around him, great human people around him, so, yeah, super happy for all of them and especially forecast terrible. So that's encouraging for what's coming later.