Rafael Nadal knows very well that the win against Fernando Verdasco was very important for his confidence. After winning the first set 6-0, he saved five set points in the second set before winning it in the tie-break 11-9.
‘I lost matches similar to this one in Australia, in Buenos Aires and in Rio de Janeiro, so it’s important to win matches like this for me. Like the other day in the third set (against Gilles Muller), today in the second set,’ said Nadal, adding, ‘Normally in these kind of matches, I have more to lose than him, so he’s able to play very aggressive. He has amazing shots. He gets in a tie-break and you know you’re in trouble. I felt lucky to win the tie-break, and at the same time I think at the end of the tie-break I played well with not many mistakes and going for the points. It is an important victory for me. Two tough wins here. That’s something that stays in my mind and helps.’
Nadal, who’s won three titles here (in 2007, 2009 and 2013), will play against Alexander Zverev, who beat Grigor Dimitrov and Gilles Simon this week. Speaking about his young opponent, Nadal said, ‘He’s a clear possible future no. 1. He’s an amazing player. He has all the shots. It’s going to be a very tough match tomorrow for me, and I have to be ready to fight, to suffer, and to try to play aggressive. That’s what I’m going to try.’