Rafael Nadal has won 11 consecutive matches at the French Open but the doubters,the critics and now even Nadal agrees that something is wrong with the best player on clay.
Nadal has won all straight set matches since having to five sets in his first round match against John Isner. Yesterday, Nadal defeated Croatian veteran Ivan Ljubicic 75, 63, 63 but the perfomance wasn’t great.
“I think I still playing a little bit with too anxious for moments, so it happened today,” Nadal said. “Because the conditions were very difficult, I think. The court was a lot of windy.
“It’s true I am not playing that well. But I am in quarterfinals another time, and I going to fight to play a better match next time.”
“I am not playing enough well to win this tournament at the day of today. That’s the true. The thing is you have to be realist, and today I’m not playing enough well to win this tournament. We will see after tomorrow if I am ready to play at this level. I going to try. But I won four times already here, five times already here. I don’t have an obligation to win six. I going to try for sure, but…”
Nadal also talked about his overall title runs and compared them.
“In 2006 I think I didn’t play well during all the tournament,” Nadal said. “In 2007, normal, 2008, I played fantastic, but I played fantastic especially quarterfinals, semifinals, and final. 2009 I think I played terrible all the tournament; 2010, so so. Much better semifinals and finals than previous matches. Very so so, in my opinion.”
On Wednesday, Nadal will play the only man to beat him at the French Open, the powerful Robin Soderling.
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