Aside From Being Dehydrated, Rafael Nadal Thinks He Played Great Last Night
by Tom Gainey | September 1st, 2015, 2:45 pm
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Despite a bout of dehydration, Rafael Nadal was pleased with his 4-set win last night over 18-year-old Borna Coric.

“I think I played great,” Nadal said. “The first two sets I played a very high level of tennis. Seriously, then I get a little bit tired. I had some problems. I was sweating a lot.

“I had little bit of stomach problem so I felt not perfect, physically perfect then. But then in the fourth I recovered little bit. I played again more aggressive. Finally was important victory for me. Happy the way that I played when I was, you know, physically good.”

Nadal missed last year’s US Open with a wrist injury, so in his last appearance in New York he came away with the title.

“So great to be back in New York. Is a tournament I like a lot. Atmosphere here is just amazing. The crowd, I feel the love of the crowd and the energy of them, so I enjoy a lot playing in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, especially night sessions.”

Nadal has now won 21 of his last 22 matches at the US Open. He has made at least the semifinals the last five times he has played at the US Open. And despite his tough summer on hardcourts, Nadal is happy with his preparation.

“I had a great week of practice before the tournament start,” Nadal said. “I don’t know how it going to goes, but I practiced at a very high level of tennis during the previous weeks, no? Something that was tough to arrive to that level at practice the rest of the season.

“That gives me calm. That gives me confidence. I know if I’m able to keep having that feelings, I don’t know here, I don’t know in next tournaments, but I will have the success again. I will have the feeling that I can compete against everybody with good conditions.”

Nadal returns tomorrow against Argentine Diego Schwartzmann.


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18 Comments for Aside From Being Dehydrated, Rafael Nadal Thinks He Played Great Last Night

brando Says:

Yeah not surpised. One commentator said week one will drain players as it will be tough weather to contend with.


courbon Says:

Brando, nice to see you back


Ben Pronin Says:

Pfft, it’s not that hot. At least they get to wear shorts.


Gypsy Gal Says:

I ram it down peoples throats eveyday drink,drink,drink and drink plenty,its why and no disrespect to Coric as ive watched the replay that Rafa lost the 3rd set IMO,not an excuse just a reason,he was well in control of that match….


Giles Says:

It’s not the heat but the humidity that is the killer. Even you should know that Pronin. Pffffft


Ben Pronin Says:

Nonsense, humidity is overrated. They’re playing in an open court.


Margot Says:

Lol Ben have you suddenly turned into James Bond….or simply stirring the pot?


skeezer Says:

Shaken, not stirred.


elina Says:

Djokovic will find it hot in the later rounds next week unlike Roger.


elina Says:

Strange. I didn’t see a quote from Nadal saying he was dehydrated as claimed.


jane Says:

stan looks quite “pink” right now in the heat. i think he just called the trainer.

the weather is suppose to cool off. thursday will be bad, but tmrw, fri, sat and sun will all be below 90. actually for next week only mon and tues show as being over 90. so i think these first few days will be the worst of it.


jane Says:

here is the full question/quote elina, and you can see that it’s implied that he was dehydrated

Q. You started this match very well for two sets.

RAFAEL NADAL: I think I played great. The first two sets I played a very high level of tennis. Seriously, then I get a little bit tired. I had some problems. I was sweating a lot. I lost little bit — you know, I don’t feel enough strong after that, no?

I had little bit of stomach problem so I felt not perfect, physically perfect then.

But then in the fourth I recovered little bit. I played again more aggressive. Finally was important victory for me. Happy the way that I played when I was, you know, physically good.


elina Says:

Agrees that Nadal was quite clear. Sounds like he was overheated to me and felt a bit nauseous. No mention of dehydration, cramps etc.

He even said nothing serious. Dehydration is serious.


RZ Says:

I wonder how the roof is helping (or not) with the heat


jane Says:

rz, i know that novak said it helped with the wind; that he felt more in control of his shots. but i am not sure that the scaffolding would help with heat??

lots of empty seats in armstrong…


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Rafa sounds confident. He hasn’t sounded like this for a long time, and he’s been speaking this way for a couple weeks. Very positive sign.


Michael Says:

I think Rafa played a wonderful match and I could see reminiscence of his 2010 form. But it is too early to count the chickens and he has tougher opponents to navigate before he reaches to the wall named Novak in the quarters. It is unfortunate that they are meeting so early but that is the way the draw has worked out and we need to live with it. Nevertheless, I think Rafa is still not equipped to his fullest ability to make a competitive match against Novak !!


calmdownplease Says:

I’m hoping Rafa gives Novak HELL in the quarters (should he make it).
Although he surely can’t be the favourite for that one!
What actually happened to Rafa anyway, do we know yet?

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