Rafael Nadal: If My Left Knee Doesn’t Improve It Will Be Impossible To Beat Murray
Rafael Nadal is having knee issues once again. Nadal’s trouble left knee again has flared up this week at the Sony Ericsson Open Miami. Last night during a difficult 62, 57, 64 win of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Nadal said the knee was giving him problems.
“I have problems on my left knee,” said Nadal who received treatment on the knee during the match. “That’s the thing. I’m not feeling great. I don’t know what’s gonna happen in the next match, because gonna be a big match against one of the toughest opponents on tour, and probably I don’t arrive in my perfect conditions to that match. But, you know, we talking about physical performance, I am feeling great, no? I am not tired today now after three hours’ match. My fitness is perfect. It’s not a problem, that. I don’t know the problems.”
Nadal appeared to be moving well again Tsonga but his play wasn’t up to par. Rafa played a defensive match in hopes Tsonga would continue to spray errors which is what the Frenchman did. But Nadal was unable to close out the match in the second at 54 as his serve let him down.
“It wasn’t one of my best matches,” Nadal said. “That’s the real thing. I didn’t play very well tonight.
“Seriously my feeling was Jo was he was having much more mistakes than usual, so the match didn’t have the right rhythm. When I arrive to that moment to serve for the match, you know, for moments I didn’t know if I have to play more aggressive, I have to play just defensive because, you know, he was doing almost everything, having few winners but at the same time having lot of mistakes. So for moments I had the feeling that just playing solid without risk was enough for moments. So when I arrived to that last game, I really didn’t had the right line how to win the points. So that’s the thing. My serve was bad. I really served bad tonight. Much worse than the previous days.”
Nadal advances to a big showdown Friday against rival Andy Murray.
“Always playing Andy is a pleasure for me, and exciting playing against a player like him that push you at the limit on everything,” Nadal said. “The negative thing is I have to recover well. I have to improve my knee if I really want to have any chance to win. If not, gonna be almost impossible. But always is fantastic being in semifinals, first two Masters 1000s of the year, being in both semifinals in hard court are fantastic results. So happy in that. Right now hopefully I can recover and can enjoy the match.”
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