Rafael Nadal: 'It wasn't important how to win'



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Rafael Nadal: 'It wasn't important how to win'

Rafael Nadal qualified for the Australian Open 2023 second round. As he confessed during the press conference, on the hows and whys there will presumably still be some time to do it. Rafa Nadal inaugurates the defense of the Australian Open with a narrow success against Jack Draper, conditioned by a muscle problem in the heart of the third set.

The Spanish phenomenon, despite a performance of 46 unforced errors, in the end managed to limit the damage and at least secure the second round match against McDonald. Nadal told, legitimately, given that since last season's Wimbledon victories can be counted on the palm of a hand: "I needed a win, that's it.

It didn't matter how. The most important thing today was to face and beat a difficult opponent and I succeeded. There probably couldn't have been a worse draw and I already said it before the tournament. It wasn't a perfect performance, but I think I did things right when it counted.

On days like this you have to accept your mistakes and try to do your best to win, I was humble enough to understand that there would be ups and downs, which is typical when you're not in the winning 'mood." About Draper: “"I was not impressed because I know him well.

I know his qualities and I know how much he can annoy anyone. I think he's a great player with a lot of potential so it was difficult. Only respect for him. I hope that in the end the ones he had were just courts." Speaking of paternity, this is Nadal's first Grand Slam in the company of Rafa Jr: "My approach to competition hasn't changed since I became a dad, for better or for worse.

I have enough motivation every time I play a tournament. I am enthusiastic about my family, I have always loved children and to be able to enjoy this part of my life while playing tennis is great. But in terms of impact on my competitiveness, nothing has changed.

I have always respected the changes that have taken place in my life, but I don't know how I will feel about not seeing the baby for a month, I don't know if after three weeks I will miss him and lose concentration. I'm glad my wife is here with me."