Rafael Nadal admits staring down the barrel of Milos Raonic’s serve Wednesday at the Australian Open quarterfinals is going to a be very difficult.
“I think going to be a tough match for me, for sure. Hopefully for him, too,” Nadal said.
Nadal leads Raonic 6-2 but the Canadian’s won two of the last three including Indian Wells last year and a few weeks ago in Brisbane, both in three sets.
“In Brisbane he beat me. But at the same time is true that I have been close. A set up and important breakpoint that I had passing shot, no?
“Is tough. He’s an opponent that make you feel that you’re playing with a lot of pressure all the time because his serve is huge and he’s playing very aggressive from the baseline. So going to be a very tough match, no?
“But I hope to be ready for it. I need to be very focused with my serve and play aggressive. If I am not playing aggressive, then I am dead, because he plays aggressive.”
Raonic says he’s at the tail end of a recovery from a cold and will be ready to take on Nadal and his former coach Carlos Moya.
“With the way things are going, getting better and better,” Raonic said. “I can’t imagine myself struggling in 48 hours or 36 hours, however long.”
After tough wins over Alexander Zverev and Gael Monfils last night, Nadal is in his first Grand Slam quarterfinal since his last Grand Slam title march at the 2014 French Open.
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