Rafael Nadal says he was ‘happy with how he has improved’ after reaching his first semi-final of the season in Barcelona.
Nadal has played relatively little tennis so far this year, appearing in just the Australian Open and the Monte-Carlo Masters before this current tournament.
Both of those campaigns were ended at the quarterfinal stage, but he has gone one better this time around after beating Cameron Norrie 6-1, 6-4.
“I think I played a good first set, with intensity and taking advantage with the right.
“In the second set, I did not play with the same intensity and I suffered at the end. Cameron does not make you feel comfortable on court and it is not easy to play against someone like him. ”
“The reality is that I am in the semi-finals for the first time this year. I am happy with how I have improved and I have to continue to improve tomorrow.
“Every day I take something positive and today I have won in two sets. It is a process and I accept that challenge. I am a person who tests myself every day.”
Nadal could face 19-year-old sensation Jannik Sinner in the finals after the Italian produced a superb win over Andrey Rublev. Nadal, though, says that shouldn’t have surprised anyone who has seen him.
“I haven’t seen the quarterfinal with Rublev,” he said. “It’s not a surprise Jannik beat Andrey. Rublev’s tennis doesn’t bother him much.”
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