After a harrowing Wednesday night in Melbourne where he very nearly lost to Tim Smyczek as his body was failing him, Rafael Nadal looked more himself in a routine win over Dudi Sela. After Nadal said he was feeling much better.
“Yesterday was okay,” Nadal said. “Seriously I feel that I was in terms of legs I wake up in the morning better than what I thought. In terms of, you know, I was still a little bit dizzy yesterday. I think I lost lot of fluids the other night. But in general I was not very, very bad.
“Happy the way I was physically on court tonight,” he said. “Obviously happy the way I played the first two sets. Then the third play with more mistakes, but all is part of the process that I am doing. It’s normal to play every day with a little bit more ups and downs when you are out for a while.”
Nadal was asked on court by Jim Courier about his sleeping routine, two which he replied he didn’t sleep that much because he felt he loses time. He affirmed that comment later in the press adding he’s not a couch potato.
“I never like to sleep a lot, no,” Rafa said. “It is obvious when I am on competition and when I am practicing a lot I always sleep that eight hours that I need. But, no, I am not big fan of being relaxed on the sofa, watching TV, sleeping a lot of hours. I like activity. I like the sport. I like to do things. During all my career, during all my life, I was that way. Is true that the last couple of years I take the life little bit more easy without doing that many things that when I was 18, 19, 20, 21. But even like this, I am a person who likes to do things.”
Nadal, who has won five straight sets, plays the big-serving Kevin Anderson on Sunday.
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