Rafael Nadal just won his second round match at the Shanghai Rolex Masters this morning. Nadal easily defeated his countryman Guillermo Garcia Lopez 63, 62.
But yesterday, Nadal held a pre-tournament press conference where he made some interesting comments.
Nadal all but said that his game in 2010 (when he finished No. 1) would beat his current game.
“I believe Rafa 2010 had something more special than Rafa 2011, especially in tough situations,” Nadal said. “That’s the true. Win or lose depends on very, very, very small things. And probably these very, very small things I did a little bit better in 2010 than 2011.”
Nadal also countered Andy Murray’s remarks that the overall standard in tennis has gone up.
“I not agree,” Nadal said. “I think Djokovic, yes. I played worse than last year. I was very regular, probably even more regular than last year. But I played a little bit worse, I think. I think Roger played well, but he lost a few matches than in the past he never gonna lose.
“But I am not agree with what Andy said,” Nadal added. “I think the level , no, wasn’t better than 2010 or 2009. I think was similar. For my part and Roger’s part a little bit worse for the moment.”
Nadal plays Florian Mayer tomorrow in the third round.
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