Defending champion and World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has reached the quarter-finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia with a 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-1 victory over Mikhail Youzhny.
”Get used to (it),” Rafa said of his recent struggles. ”With the years that’s the normal thing. Everybody suffers. That’s part of the sport.” At 27, Rafa believed his best days were probably behind him. ”At this age, (Bjorn) Borg was doing other things. It’s not possible to win for 10 years with easy scores and easy matches. At the same time, I’m sure I can do much better than I am doing.”
King of Clay will face Andy Murray on Friday. It will be their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting since the end of 2011, when Andy won in the Tokyo final.
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