According to Rafael Nadal, no, the sky is not falling. The former No. 1 has had a down year, but he’s quick to remind you that depsite his struggles he’s still ranked No. 8 in the world right now.
“Seems like I am No. 200 in every press conference,” Nadal said after a shaky win over Diego Schwartzman. “I am not so bad. After I arrive here with the victory, I come back to the locker room saying how bad I am. Every day.
“The fans, is normal that they are worried because I am worried, too. If I am not playing well, I am the first one who am worried.
“You know, seems like I come here, and seems like if I am saying the true, if I am being honest, is bad. So then if I am being honest with you guys and I explain what happened to me, I explain if I playing with nerves or with anxious like I did in Miami and I say after in the press conference, then I don’t know what you want of me.
“The thing is you play well you have chances to won; you play bad, you gonna lose the sport is simple.”
Nadal is also an eye-popping 22-1 at the US Open in recent years, will play Fabio Fognini who he has lost to twice this year.
“He’s a big, talented player,” Nadal said of the Italian. “He’s a tough opponent for everybody when he’s playing well. So for everybody is a tough opponent, not only for me.”
Nadal hasn’t won a Grand Slam since his 2014 French Open triumph. He’s trying to win a Slam for the 11th straight year.
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