Rafael Nadal began his summer swing yesterday in Montreal beating Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6, 6-3. Nadal, who’s won the Canadian Open three times, was asked about his chances ahead at the US Open, which he missed last year but won twice in 2010 and 2013.
“I don’t know if I have a chance at the US Open,” Nadal said. “The only thing that I know is that all the ups and downs I had during the whole season, the line is positive.
“That’s important for me. I go day by day. Today is a victory that I am happy with. I satisfied the way that I played. I am practicing well. I am practicing more than ever now because I am healthy and because I feel that’s what I need today.
“I won in Hamburg a couple weeks ago. That was an important victory here. Six consecutive victories, didn’t happen that very often during the season. That’s a positive moment for me. Let’s try to continue with that moment tomorrow.”
Nadal plays Mikhail Youzhny later today in Montreal. The Spaniard hasn’t won a hardcourt title since his victory over Gael Monfils in the 2014 Doha final.
On the bright side, Nadal has very few points to defend the rest of the year so the former No. 1 should move up higher in the ranks from his current position of No. 9.
“But is obvious during the rest of the season I don’t have to defend nothing,” he said. “Every good result that I have will add some points to the computer for me. That will help. It’s tougher, the tournaments, when you are outside of the top four or top eight. The tournaments can be much tougher. You are not seeded high. So is important for me stay seeded in a good position for the next tournaments.”
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