Playing some of the best tennis we’ve seen from him all year, Rafael Nadal resurrected his King of Clay status by thumping the dangerous Robin Soderling 64 61 76(3) to advance to the French Open semifinals.
“I said two days ago today I am not playing enough good to win Roland Garros,” Nadal said. “We will see in two days. That’s what I said. And today I played better. Much better, in my opinion.”
Nadal lost to Soderling in 2009, his only defeat ever at Roland Garros, but since has won two straight over the Swede including a win last year in the final and he played well today.
“To me he played a good match,” Soderling said. “As usual, he didn’t miss much, and I think he served pretty well also during the conditions, which were not easy. So I think I think he should be pretty happy with his match.”
Added Nadal, “Today I was ready to beat the No. 5 of the world and two times finalist in this tournament. We will see what’s going on next round.”
And in that next round Nadal will play Scot Andy Murray who defeated Juan Ignacio Chela in straight sets.
“Play against Andy always is a big challenge, because you know how good is he, and his talent is difficult to compare with a lot of players, in my opinion,” Rafa said. “Yeah, he has all the shots. He can defend very well; he can attack very well, he runs fantastic. The only thing that you can beat him is playing at very, very high level. It not gonna be impossible. That’s what I gonna try.”
Nadal leads Murray 10-4 including all three meetings on clay.
Nadal also commented on the blockbuster Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic semifinal, succinctly calling it, “the best player of the world today against the best player of the history.”
If you are a Rafael Nadal fan you have to be encouraged.
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