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'My best match, without a doubt,' says Rafael Nadal as he impresses at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal put on a seriously impressive showing at Wimbledon in round three, and he says he is 'very happy' to see his grass game starting to return.
Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon after Lorenzo Sonego win

Rafael Nadal says he is 'very happy' after he produced his best performance at Wimbledon this year so far to defeat Lorenzo Sonego.

Nadal had failed to convince during his first two matches, but he looked a completely different player as he closed out a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over the Italian.

"This has been my best match, without a doubt, since the tournament started," Nadal told the press after the match.

"I made improvement today. Very happy for that. I made I think a lot of things much better than the previous days, the determination, the way that I manage to play more aggressive, going to the net plenty of times.

"Yeah, happy. It's good victory against a great player. Very happy for that."

Rafael Nadal is playing his first tournament on grass in three years, and he arrived in London admitting it would take him a while to get up to speed on the surface.

He will face Botic van de Zandschulp in round four, and he says he will have to raise his level again if he expects to go any further.

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Nadal got a good look at the Dutchman at the French Open just a few weeks ago, with him winning in straight sets, although he says this one may be tougher.

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"Well, he's a player that have been improving an unbelievable amount in the last year," he said.

"Was a good challenge in the French and I think he will be more, no?

"He's a complete player with a lot of great things, and I need to keep going the way that I played today, no? Playing aggressive and playing with the right energy.

"Let's see. He's a tough opponent, but we are in fourth round. That's the way that it should be."

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