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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