Rafael Nadal Says He’s Playing Perfect Tennis
by Tom Gainey | September 5th, 2013, 12:40 pm

Rafael Nadal sent a strong message last night to the field after destroying his countryman Tommy Robredo 60, 62, 62 to reach the US Open semifinals.

Robredo, who just beat 5-time US Open champion Roger Federer on Monday, was no match for Nadal who improved his impeccable record on hardcourts this year to 20-0. Nadal afterward said some of the tennis he played last night was his best of the season.

“I think I played great the first set,” said Nadal. “It’s my first set so far this year 100%. I’m very happy the way I played the first set, I think. I did all the things that you expect to do good in the first set, in my opinion. I am very happy with the way that I moved myself on court, very happy that the way I hit my forehand and my backhand especially.

“So in general it was my best match of the tournament, so that’s great news to be in quarterfinals and played my best match of the tournament. But every day, no, just happy. To be in the semifinals is very important result for me. Is fantastic win, so just enjoy it today.”

Nadal will meet junior rival Richard Gasquet in the semifinals on Saturday. The Frenchman ousted Spanish No. 2 David Ferrer in five sets earlier in the day.

“If I don’t play great match against Richard, I will see the final on TV,” Nadal joked. “I am focus only to play great match in semifinals against Richard.”

“I hope to be at my 100%. That’s the only way I feel I’m going to have my chance in that match.”

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4 Comments for Rafael Nadal Says He’s Playing Perfect Tennis

Giles Says:

Vamos Champ!
Stay healthy!

SG1 Says:

Too much tennis mileage on Gasquet. This will be another Rafa drubbing. Gasquet looked tired chasing down Ferrer’s shots and barely squeaked through. Nadal is a whole other animal. Good tournament for Gasquet. He has to find ways to avoid wearing himself out early if he’s to win a major.

Margot Says:

I think Rafa’s playing the best tennis, certainly of his hard court life. He is showing such skill and determination in transforming his game.
BTW want 2 grueling competitive 5 set semis please …;)
Well, a gal can dream….

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