Commenting yesterday after a 75, 75 win over his Spanish countryman Marcel Granollers at the Paris Masters, Rafael Nadal admitted that he doesn’t like playing indoors.
“I never like it a lot, playing in indoor, but that doesn’t mean that I cannot play well,” said Nadal.
“If I am able to find the right feelings, seriously, I am not scared about playing indoors. It is a surface that I can play well. But it’s true that probably arrive to this positive feelings is a bit more difficult than in other circumstances. That’s the only thing.”
Nadal, who can cement his 2013 No. 1 ranking this week, has won 60 ATP titles in his career, but only two have come indoors: 2013 Brazil, 2005 Madrid.
In his fall indoor debut yesterday, Nadal also said it wasn’t his best performance, but he’s use to winning when he’s not playing well.
“Is very important win matches when you are not playing well,” Nadal said. “I am probably one of these players that I won more matches in my career without playing well, and that’s why I had the chance to be probably to where I am today.”
Later today Nadal will play towering Jerzy Janowicz in the third round.
“He’s one of the players that should be in the top in the next years,” Nadal said of the 2012 Paris runner-up. “His serve is unbelievable. He plays well from the baseline. His movements are very good for big‑‑ you know, talking about his tall. He’s very tall. I know he has a lot of positive things that to play well and to be candidate of win the best tournaments of the world.”
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