After a 64, 62 win over Feliciano Lopez, World No. 1 Rafael Nadal revealed that he has been battling a fever this week in Rome.
“I had a fever this morning but I feel better now,” said Nadal. “Certainly I didn’t really understand why yesterday I felt slow and without energy and I understand now better today. That is that and I am here to fight and to try my best like I have always done. I am ready for everything.”
Nadal’s match was delayed 15 minutes to allow the 5-time champion some extra recovery time.
There is a lot of debate and speculation over on this thread but maybe this is a better reason for Nadal’s tougher than expected win yesterday over Paolo Lorenzi.
Rafa will play either Mardy Fish or Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals tomorrow. Cilic just won the first set in a tiebreaker.
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