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“I felt strong mentally,” Nadal added. “I had the right energy. I was able to fight for every ball. I was able to keep going during the whole match and believe in myself again, and that made me play with more energy and less nerves.
“That’s so important for me. It’s the way I’ve played my whole career. This week has been very, very positive.”
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“I had a tough draw from the beginning,” said Nadal, who saved match point in his fourth-round win over Alexander Zverev. “To be able to be where I am today, in the semifinals, and especially with the victory of today against a top, top player, that’s something very important for my confidence. It’s very important to believe in myself too, and winning the way that I did.”
“A moment like that doesn’t really happen, especially with two people that are so big in the sport,” he said. “I think Djokovic and Nadal are probably two people with the biggest personalities on the tour and they’ve played each other countless times. They have a really incredible rivalry but through it all it’s always been very friendly and mutual respect for one another, so that moment was an illustration of that.”
“I have a lot of talent but not like Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal and Martina Hingis,” said the 34-year-old.
Federer apparently realised immediately upon first playing Nadal that he was up against a very special opponent.
“It was clear that the Spaniard would become the number one already in very competitive times,” he added, before expanding on his thoughts about how he doesn’t feel like one of sport’s greats.
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