‘It’s nothing new’ – Rafael Nadal explains immediate post-match practice session

Rafael Nadal says him going to the practice court immediately after a match, as he did on Friday in Barcelona, is ‘nothing new.’

Nadal beat British number two Cameron Norrie 6-1 6-4 in the quarterfinals as he looks to win a 12th title in the tournament.

After that match, though, he disappeared immediately, and it turned out he had gone straight from the match court to the practice court to work on his game.

He, though, insists there was no particular reason for it. In fact, he does it quite often.

“I went to the practice court to loosen up the arms,” Nadal said. “The match was a little bit shorter today.

“I’m in the process of trying to improve and working hard daily to try to find the level that I want as soon as possible.

“I just wanted to pinpoint a few things after the match to work on. It’s not the first time or the fifth time that I do this, I’ve [done it] many times in the past.

“It’s nothing new, I’m just trying to find the things that can help me be a little bit better tomorrow.”

Nadal will face compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta in the semi-finals on Saturday after he beat Felix Auger-Aliassime, who is coached by the world number three’s uncle Toni, 6-3, 6-3.

Should he come through that, either Jannik Sinner or Stefanos Tsitsipas will await in the final.

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