Rafael Nadal rallied for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory Friday night over Pablo Carreno Busta to reach the semifinals of the Paris Masters.
Our champ saved four of five break points in the match and won his 10th match in a row (all in Paris).
“I think in the third I started to return better,” said the 34-year-old.
“The problem was he was playing well and I was not able to return well, so he was winning his serves very comfortably so when that happens you’re able to play more aggressive.”
It is his first hard-court tournament since winning in Acapulco in February before the coronavirus-enforced suspension of professional tennis.
“You need to adapt to everything,” added Nadal, who has only reached the final at Bercy once in his seven previous appearances.
“(I) have to adapt to the hard surface. It’s time to be happy because the semi-finals is very good performance after a long period without playing on indoor hard (courts). Tomorrow will be a very tough opponent.”
He will seek his second final at the 1,000 Masters in Paris against the winner of the duel between the German Alexander Zverev and the Swiss Stan Wawrinka.