After his 3-set win last night over friend Fernando Verdasco 75, 63, 64 to put him into his third straight US Open semifinal, Rafael Nadal says he is fresher than ever in New York.
The World No. 1 said in 2008 when he first reached the semifinals that he was “mentally I was destroyed in that moment of the season” and “without energy” against Andy Murray.
Then last year against eventual winner Juan Martin Del Potro, Nadal was in pain because his “abdominal broke”.
But now, the Spaniard says, he is in peak form and playing “every day better.”
Nadal also agrees with Verdasco that Swiss Roger Federer is the favorite of the tournament.
“I think if I need to bet here, I will bet for Roger. I think that he won five times here and he likes these conditions,” Verdasco said.
Nadal often makes everyone other than himself the favorite – even at the French Open – but it’s interesting that Verdasco says that he would bet on Federer.
Nadal hasn’t dropped a set at the US Open this year and only Verdasco has been able to break his serve. He’ll play Mikhail Youzhny in on Saturday semifinal. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer meet in the other.
Here’s his post-match interview after beating Fernando Verdasco:
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