(AFP) Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals of the China Open by beating American Jack Sock 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Friday.
“Yes, it was an important victory for me. Obviously I finished the match playing better than what I started. It’s important because I came back,”Rafa said.
“This year I lost a lot of matches when I had an advantage. So to have the chance to win a match when I start losing this one, so it’s important for me, too.”
Rafa, into his first hardcourt semi-final for more than a year, will now face Fognini, who has beaten him three times this season including in last month’s US Open third round.
“He’s a great player. When you play against a great player, especially if you don’t play to your best, your chances are lower,” Rafa said of the Italian, who beat Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas 6-1, 2-6, 6-2.
“If I am able to play my best tomorrow… I am going to have my chances. If not, it’s going to be tough. It’s simple. Sport is simple.”
Source: Agence France-Presse