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The fourth seed and three-time champion saved 11 of 14 break points to beat fellow left-hander Gilles Muller 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in two hours and 14 minutes for a place in the third round. It was their fifth meeting, and their first since the 2011 US Open.
“I’m very happy for the victory after my last three matches that I’ve lost have been in three sets or five sets,” said Nadal, after his ninth match win of the season.
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“Very happy about the attitude during the whole match. Have been very tough to play with that conditions and against a player who serves very well and who goes to the net. It’s obvious these conditions help the player who normally plays less from the baseline. So just was a great victory for me.
“Especially the last two games of the match were very important, obviously. I was able to play more aggressive with more determination. That’s something that stays in my mind and is very positive.”
The 14-time Grand Slam winner, 29, says he will sue anyone else who alleges “something similar in the future”.
Nadal says he is tired of the allegations and is no longer prepared to let them pass unchallenged.
“A minister of France should be serious,” he said. “This time is the time to go against her. We are going to sue her.
“This is going to be the last one, because I’m going to sue her. I am tired about these things. I let it go a few times in the past. Not any more.”
“I don’t know what the woman’s motives are for saying what she did, but it’s obvious that she knows nothing about tennis and the sports world”, railed ‘uncle Toni’.
The man who mentored the so-called king of clay, the former world number one and current fifth-ranked player on the ATP Tour, also confirmed that the Nadal camp intends to sue Bachelot. “Rafa’s lawyer is already hard at work preparing to take the strongest possible action. [It’s like now] instead of proving guilt, you have to prove innocence. The woman is a moron”, the 55-year-old added.
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