Wimbledon: Quiet with Rafael Nadal …

The Spaniard, still in the running for a Grand Slam on the calendar and qualified for the quarterfinals, is gaining momentum on the London turf.

At Wimbledon,

As at the last Roland-Garros, Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp suffered Rafael Nadal’s law on the London turf. A logical defeat (6-4, 6-2, 7-6) in 2:21. If the Spaniard complicated his life a bit in the third set when he served for the 5-3 match, he made a very good copy. “I led 6-4, 6-2, 5-2 against a very good player. This result shows that he was doing many things very well. It is true that I had a bad match to conclude the 5-3. So I played 90% of the game well. It brought him four match points and a failed rebound from his opponent to the last to win.

The king of Roland-Garros is gaining momentum. He had already impressed in the previous round against Lorenzo Sonego after two laborious initial days. ” Here it is always the same. It’s not about whether I’m close to my level or not. I do not know. I can’t predict what might happen. But the positive thing is that after two first games that were not good, I played for the first time at a high level against Sonego and still today. It gives me a chance to have one more day tomorrow on the track to train and adjust the things I need to keep doing. The improvement during the tournament is there. Of course, I’m happy to be back in the quarterfinals after three years without playing here. “.

The Mallorcan, double winner in 2008 and 2010, who lost three years ago in the semifinals against Federer, can expect to find the last four if Taylor Fritz wins on Wednesday. It’s not an easy task, as the American is in good shape. The Indian Wells winner (against Christmas in the final) has yet to lose a single set since the start of the tournament. ” What I learned in this last game is shit, because I had a stress fracture in my rib, relativizes the champion of Spain. It was hard to learn much because honestly the pain was terrible during the match. I didn’t know I had a stress fracture in my rib during the game, but I knew something wasn’t going seriously because the pain was too severe. But it is clear that he plays at a very high level and remains in a tournament won (in Eastbourne). “Far from his blessed mud, Nadal is having fun on a lawn often cursed by him in recent years:” I think I made a great effort to be here. Lots of mental and physical effort to try to play this tournament after what I have been going through for the last two months. But as everyone knows, Wimbledon is a tournament I really enjoy. I played here three years ago. I was really looking forward to coming back. That’s why it means so much to me to be in this quarterfinals. I think he moves the ball faster with my right and my back. I think it also works well with the slice. I still miss some volleys going on the net. But one of the things I’m most proud of is how I’ve been able to adapt and accept challenges with my physical problems, while at the same time being able to find a way to be competitive and improve my game. »

And in terms of physical problems, the Spaniard could be overcome by a new failure. Although he no longer seems to suffer too much from his left foot, a new injury could upset him for the future. The Mallorcan had been seen against Ricardas Berankis with an abdominal strap. He preferred not to comment. It must be said that he has seen so many others in his incredible career …

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