Rafael Nadal showed his quality and achieved a well-deserved victory over Richard Gasquet in the third round of the US Open. The Spaniard was satisfied with the level at which he played. The Frenchman can be a tough opponent, but Nadal did not let Gasquet impose his pace and dominated almost the entire match.
In some moments of the match, Nadal did not have a recognizable game, but he managed to pass the obstacle and deservedly celebrate. “My best match in the tournament,” Nadal said, as quoted by mirror. “Easy to say that because the other day was tough.
But important improvement. But I need to keep going. It's a good victory for me. Straight sets for the first time. Third set had been a challenge. He increased the level. I went through some difficult moments. That's something that is good that I went through that and saved that moments with a positive feelings.
Happy to be in the fourth round, without a doubt”.
Rafael Nadal: It's a moment to increase
The Spaniard believes that such victories are necessary for his self-confidence and for the more difficult challenges that will follow.
He is optimistic about the future, and the question is whether he can continue at the same pace. Chances are high for that given his quality. “All these victories help to be a little bit more confident,” Nadal added.
“It's a moment to increase, to making a step forward. Second week against a great player like Frances, I need to be ready to play and to raise my level. I hope to be able to make that happen. I know [it] is the right moment to make an improvement if I want to keep having chances to keep going on the tournament”.
Frances Tiafoe will be his next opponent, and it is interesting how much faith Tiafoe has in himself. “Now I believe I can beat him - I’m definitely going to come after him,” Tiafoe said. “[I need to] match his intensity from the first point to the last.
You can’t really have any dips - he takes advantage of it”. Tiafoe had a tough match against Schwartzman. “I thought it was a hell of a match. Especially that first set - one of the craziest sets I've played in my career.
It had everything in it. Down two breaks, serving again at 6-5, me down 6-3 in the breaker. Unbelievable how I even won the set”.