Rafael Nadal, who qualified for the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Monday, said that the important thing is to have reached these quarterfinals physically and tennis-wise, after the poor adaptation he had to the surface.
The Balearic tennis player appeared at a press conference after beating Botic Van de Zandschup in three sets and signing an 18-0 at Grand Slams this season.
«I value it in a quite simple and positive way: I am in the quarterfinals. I'm in quarters because I've done things well enough to be here. Against the two most difficult rivals, I have won them in straight sets. I have been at a level when I have needed it. This is important: when the demand has risen, I have been prepared to raise my level. This is the most positive. We will try to continue increasing the level and if I do not succeed, then I will go home, "explained Nadal.
Nadal was asked about the differences he is finding in his physique and his tennis compared to Australia and Paris.
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«The other two tournaments ended in victory, here there is a long way to go. In Australia I was playing well, I had a good feeling after a difficult period of not competing. Roland Garros was difficult and here we are as we are, with the illusion of being in the quarterfinals. Accepting things as they come. I'm in quarters, which is the important thing. I respect the day to day a lot.
His next rival will be the American Taylor Fritz, who already beat him in Indian Wells, when he broke a rib.
“He serves very well, especially the first serve. He is a complete player. He arrived very young, he had a small break and then he has given a very big push forward. He is playing very well on all surfaces. I am realistic and we are in the quarter-finals, I cannot expect him to have an easy opponent in a tournament like Wimbledon. We are in a round where I have to play well to win."