After a decisive win over Robby Ginepri, top seed Rafael Nadal addressed the issue on everyone’s mind, why was an 8-time champion sent to court Suzanne Lenglen instead of Philippe Chatrier?
“Doesn’t really matter a lot,” downplayed Nadal. “Always playing Roland Garros is a pleasure for me, is a really honor, and is a special feeling. So all the memories at this place give me are unforgettable. And doesn’t matter if it’s Chatrier or Lenglen or another court, be around here in Roland Garros always gonna be great. And I started in Lenglen this year, is a great court. I am not sure, but probably next one I gonna play in Chatrier. That’s it.”
Nadal, who is now 60-1 at the French Open, will next play on Thursday the young 20-year-old phenom Dominic Thiem, a winner today over French veteran Paul-Henri Mathieu.
“Thiem I heard very, very good things about him,” Nadal said. “I didn’t see him play, but I know he’s a young player and he’s a very dangerous opponent.
“Always the same: To win against anyone I need to play at a good level and I need to be ready for fight and for everything that I will need to do to win. And with that I can see I need to be aggressive and need to find a rhythm on the legs and play solid points, find real ways to win the points. That’s it.”
And that’s it!
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