19-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal says he is happy with the way he has been playing at the French Open so far as he is aiming to once again make it all the way at Roland Garros. Nadal, seeded at No. 2, demolished rising American star Sebastian Korda 6-1 6-1 6-2 to reach the French Open quarterfinal.
"I'm in quarterfinals without losing a set and having very positive scores. So I can't complain at all. So, happy for that...I am quite happy about the way that I am playing, and the practices I am feeling every time a little bit better and better," Nadal said, per Ravi Ubha.
After the match, former world No. 1 Nadal dropped a praise on Korda, saying the 20-year-old has a bright future ahead of him. "I really believe that we are a looking at a great player [in Sebastian]. He is young. Of course, he had some mistakes in some important moments, but the way that he hit the ball was really impressive," Nadal said per the ATP website.
Korda a huge fan of Nadal
Before the match, Korda said Nadal was his biggest idol and he even has a cat named Rafa. "He almost hit an around-the-net forehand & I was kind of begging for it to go in because that would have been the coolest thing ever & then he hit a running forehand winner on me at the lines.
I just said to myself, 'This is awesome,"' Korda said, per Ravi Ubha. Korda won only four games against Nadal but still said it was the best day of his life. "It was definitely the best moment of my life. It was super awesome," Korda said, per the ATP website.
"After the match I asked him for a signed shirt when we were tapping rackets. I don't know if anyone's ever asked him for an autograph after a match, but that was definitely the coolest moment of my life and one I'll never forget."
2019 Next Gen ATP Finals champion Jannik Sinner beat Alexander Zverev to reach the quarterfinal and set up a clash against Nadal. "It's great to reach the quarterfinals here. I am quite calm, even if inside I'm very happy and I don't show that so much, but yeah, I'm happy.
But...still a lot of work to do. Physically, technically, everything. Yeah, a long way," Sinner said, per Ravi Ubha.