Rafa Roundup: Nadal guarantees he will fight to reach Stuttgart final

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Top seed Nadal needed two hours and 21 minutes to dispatch the Aussie 22-year-old, firing 14 aces and denying eight of nine break points faced. The Spaniard needed three match points to claim victory.

“I’m feeling strong and I’m motivated, I hope to have a good second half of the season. I played well today. It was a good match for me,” said Nadal. “I had a great first set and in the second he played well. My game was at a good level, I’m happy with how I handled things. It was a very positive win, a good one for me.” … “Gael is a tough opponent,” said Nadal. “If you don’t play your best you are not going to win. I guarantee I’ll be fighting to be in the final.”

“First few months of the season haven’t been good. I was too nervous on court, but I feel that I can play better again but I do not exactly know where I am. I think I am playing well at the moment and just try to continue. I will fight to get into the final. I feel strong and have enough motivation to keep going,” the Spaniard said and hopes for a better second half of the season. At the moment, Nadal feels tired after two long matches within the last two days. “It will not make a difference tomorrow, I am ready,” he added on a more competitive note.

STUTTGART, GERMANY - JUNE 12:  Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during his match against Bernard Tomic of Australia on day seven of Mercedes Cup 2015 on June 12, 2015 in Stuttgart, Germany.  (Photo by Daniel Kopatsch/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Photo by Daniel Kopatsch/Bongarts/Getty Images

“Winning at Roland Garros gives you the strength and the confidence to win elsewhere. Because when you start winning, you get into a virtuous circle: winning boosts your confidence, it makes you calmer, you gain more experience and it gives you a healthy dose of positive energy. Roland Garros is therefore a unique tournament in my career because it also enabled me to win on hard courts, on grass and everywhere else. ”

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  1. Is it true you withdrew from the Doubles due to fatigue Rafa? In the past, you could outplay anyone as far as stamina was concerned, n you were as fresh as a daisy after 5 sets. Are you having problems with foot blisters Rafa? I pray for your good health as you train so hard n try to play a perfect game. God bless n be with you. Vamos Rafa. Love your Aussie Nana. 😀😊😀🎈🎈🎈

  2. Amazing Rafa I Hope you are OK ! Great to see you Happy You are Playing Super Tennis ! KING OF TENNIS ! Love you & Wishing you GOOD LUCK Next Round & Every round <3 <3 🙂 Sydney Fan <3

  3. Did Rafael and Feliciano drop out of the doubles? Can’t see a result anywhere or indeed a comment. Best of luck to our champion to morrow v GM. Lovely to see him happy and relaxed .

    • Rafa & Feli have withdrawn from doubles. MercedesCup posted on Twitter that our champ withdraw from doubles due to fatigue!

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