Rafael Nadal, who this Wednesday qualified for the knockout stages of the Masters in Paris 1.000, was very satisfied with the level shown after a month and a half break, although he recalled that at the end of the season the physicist usually takes its toll.
“I am used to having problems at the end of the season. Sometimes also at the beginning and during. I am always afraid when I am in this tournament, I have always had problems, but I am happy to be here to the extent of competing (...) I hope that my physicality allows me to compete well, "he said after defeating Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-5 and 6 -4.
It had been two years since Nadal had played a match on the indoor court and he claimed to have found good feelings, especially with his service.
“The comeback has been very positive (…) This track is not my favorite, but you cannot go against the surface. I can't subtract seven meters back, it doesn't work. Here you have to play well, you cannot play with a low ball or with a bad service ”, he pointed out.
In that sense, he was especially satisfied with his serve, he did not concede any breaking balls to the Frenchman and that allowed him "to have peace of mind to play calmly and put the rival in danger."
Nadal acknowledged that his game "has evolved towards being able to adapt to this track" where he now feels better than years ago, but warned that this "is not synonymous with success."
“It is difficult to go back to racing in the most difficult conditions for me. But it has been a good comeback, "he said.
On his match tomorrow for a place in the quarterfinals against the Swiss Stan Wawrinka, Nadal indicated that "it will be difficult."
“He is one of the best in the world and he is playing very well. I will try to compete well and take a step forward. I hope I am ready to do it, "he said.