Rafa Roundup: “I’m going to improve,” says Nadal

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For Nadal, it was his first match since October, when he lost to Borna Coric in Basel and subsequently cut his season short because of appendix surgery. Wearing the same outfit he donned at the Swiss Indoors, Nadal appeared to have trouble hitting through Murray—usually a criticism of his opponent—while the Scot generated ample pace off both wings.

“6-2 6-0 is too much — I had a lot of chances to have a closer result,” he added. “I have to improve, that’s obvious, and I’m going to improve. This match helps me and the defeat does not affect me too much. “I felt I was dominating the points a lot of times, but I am missing competitive spirit. I am going to keep working hard.”

“This was not the best start possible against a tough rival in Andy Murray,” the 28-year-old, who was also blighted by wrist injuries before his appendectomy, said. “But there are only small things I need to adjust. “At the beginning, I played very badly with my backhand, but that is normal after a long time out, and could not get my normal rhythm. I was also a little bit more tired than usual.”

If Nadal can stay healthy through the Australian Open, his largely idle end of 2014 may turn out to be an asset. He’s still got a good game for the courts in Melbourne, and a 10th French Open would not be just a possibility but a probability.

“Every year we have the same question especially when I have injuries,” the ex-world No1 said. “But I try to make the schedule that is right for me, is right for my tennis, is right for my body. Sometimes you have accidents you can’t predict.”

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6 comments

  1. Of course, Rafa will improve. Every elite athlete requires a grace period to get back into
    their groove and rhythm after being away for some time. I’m just glad he is back. Once he becomes re-acclimated to competing he’ll be “Unstoppable”.

  2. Oh oui , Rafa , on nedoute pas que s’il n’y a pas de blessures ton jeu que j’aime reviendra vite
    Vamos champion !!!

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