- Nadal Fights Past Cilic Into Basel Semifinals (via Tennis Now)
Cilic’s second serve and forehand fell apart at critical stages. His sixth double fault followed by a forehand into the net gave Nadal the break to start the third set. Using the deep no-pace slice to draw errors from the Croatian’s forehand, Nadal saved a pair of break points for 3-1.
Slashing a diagonal forehand winner, Nadal earned three match points. He closed the two hour, 13-minute match when Cilic pushed a forehand volley wide.
- Rafa Again Wins In Three (via ATP World Tour)
It marked the third consecutive three-setter for Nadal, who had previously gone the distance against Lukas Rosol (1-6, 7-5, 7-6(4)) and Grigor Dimitrov (6-4, 4-6, 6-3). But he looked anything but physically spent, breaking Cilic to both open and close the set.
- Rafael Nadal battles back to beat Marin Cilic for first Basel semi-final (via The Sport Review)
He afterward talked of finding solutions, a common theme this year as he has fought to regain his form: “It’s trying to find solutions when the match was difficult. I think he was playing great. After 4-4, and the break, I tried to change a little bit the position on the return. It’s a great win for me.
“I have the motivation to improve every day and that is what I am doing my whole career. I’m working hard to find the feeling and mental strength. So after a lot of work, it is a very important victory for me.”
- Nadal Will Partner Paes in Paris (via Tennis Now)
Rafael Nadal will join forces with veteran doubles champion Leander Paes in next week’s BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.
It will be Nadal’s first appearance in the Paris doubles field since 2009 when he teamed with Juan Monaco in a first-round loss.