Rafael Nadal admitted that he’s still dealing with nerves when closing out matches. Yesterday against countryman Nicolas Almagro, Nadal failed to maintain a break lead twice in the second set before winning 63, 75.
“It was a great first set,” Nadal said. “Then in the second I finished with a little bit nerves.
“It’s important to win these kind of matches,” he said. “I’m very pleased with the way that I’m playing this week.”
Nadal will take on Alexandr Dolgopolov in a rematch of their 2014 final. Rafa leads 5-2 but has lost the last two to the Ukrainian falling at Queen’s last year and at Indian Wells in 2014, both in three sets after Nadal had won the first 10 sets in the series.
Nadal also hit this vintage forehand:
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