US Open 2022: Nadal: “It’s time to improve”
Shappy to have raised the bar in the third round of the US Open, Rafael Nadal, already with the pass for the round of 16 in his pocket, assured the media this Saturday that it is now that he must improve even more on the court if he wants to aspire to the top of the last Grand Slam of the year. “All these victories help a little bit to have more security. It’s time to grow up, to take a step forward“, I explain.
“In the second week (of the tournament) against a great player like Frances Tiafoe (his opponent in the round of 16), I have to be ready to play and raise my level. i hope i can get there. I know it’s a good time to upgrade if I want to keep my chances of continuing in the tournament. Today was an improvement and I need another big improvement for the next game,” he added.
After coming back from a set down in both the first and second rounds, Nadal offered himself a placid victory this Saturday against Frenchman Richard Gasquet, whom he crushed 6-0, 6-1, 7-5 in two hours and 17 minutes. Both 36 years old Gasquet drags a real curse against Nadalwho beat him in each of the 18 matches they played and won 34 straight sets.
“It was my best match of the tournament. It’s easy to say that because the other day was hardNadal has commented on his tough second-round clash against Fabio Fognini.
In eighths you’ll see the faces with the American Frances Tiafoewho beat Argentina in the third round Diego Schwartzman by 7-6(7), 6-4 and 6-4 in 3 hours and two minutes. “I think he is playing very well. He has improved. He is more solid than before. He has more games and years on the circuit. Has experience. He’s already competed on the biggest stages and in the advanced rounds,” he said of Tiafoe, ranked 26th at the ATP.
“He plays with a lot of passion, a lot of energy. It’s very fast. can play very aggressive. I mean, he’s a player I’m not going to beat if I don’t play well, so I have to play well,” he added.
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