Rafael Nadal gained confidence after the win over Ivashka, and after the win over Nishikori. Nadal played great but still did not win so easily. Both opponents parried the Spaniard well, but when it was most needed, Nadal showed his class and thus took the victory.
In the next match at ATP Barcelona, he will play against Cameron Norrie “Matches like today, like yesterday, help the improvement,” the 11-time Barcelona champion said, as quoted by atptour “At the same time, I didn’t play tough matches for a long time, so winning two matches like this I really hope this gives me extra confidence”.
He thinks that both matches were good for him to get in the right shape “So the past three matches that I played were three sets and I don’t take something negative [from that],” Nadal said. “For me it’s something very positive.
I need time on court, I need to go through these moments and the past two matches I went through these moments with a victory." "Tomorrow is another opportunity. I’m excited to keep playing and [have] another chance to play better”.
Nadal believes that his serve is now much better and that he has improved in that aspect of the game “I think my serve is evolving the right way,” Nadal said. “Of course when you play a very bad day like I did against Rublev in Monte-Carlo with my serve you need some time, but I am feeling that my serve is evolving the right way."
"I served better than yesterday today and in important moments I had a couple of good serves." In the match against Nishikori Nadal managed to win five points after going down 0 40 “For me it was clear that I needed something else,” Nadal said.
“In the second set and the beginning of the third he was playing very clean, hitting the right spots and with a very high quality of ball." "So it was difficult to stop him, so I needed something else and I think I did.
I played a little bit more aggressive, changed a little bit the pace and the direction of the ball”. “I think Kei played a great level of tennis after that first set,” Nadal said. “It was a very tough match, anything could happen.
Everybody knows that Kei, when he’s playing like what he did later today in the last two sets, his ranking is much higher”.