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Nadal, the 2014 champion, converted five of his 10 break point opportunities in a 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 victory over No. 79-ranked Andrey Kuznetsov in a two-hour and eight-minute encounter.
“Kuznetsov played some amazing shots, so it was difficult to control the match,” Nadal said. “It’s true that I missed my serve more than I wanted to, but I really only played one bad game, at 4-3 in the second set. His returns were amazing and his level was very high. Fortunately I played a great third set, with a lot of intensity.”
“Winning matches in three sets is very good news and very positive thing,” Nadal told reporters.
“That happens when you are fresh mentally, when you are able to analyse well what’s going on in the match.
“And last year I lost a lot of matches like today’s match. So for me it’s so important to win these kind of matches.”
Nadal added that he was happy with his game other than his serve, which was broken four times.
Already regarded as one of the finest exponents of spin in the history of tennis, Nadal will unveil his new stringing at the Australian Open in two weeks.
The Spaniard has opted for Belgian natural gut string as a replacement for the synthetic fibres which yielded 14 majors, including a record nine French Open crowns.
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75 – Nadal (70) will attempt to surpass Guillermo Vilas (75) for the most Grand Slam matches won on clay.
49 – Nadal (47 clay-court titles) will be hoping to break Vilas’ all-time record of 49 and he could also become the first man to win 50 titles on clay.
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