Rafael Nadal: ‘Reaching the quarterfinals is the most important thing, I’m happy’

Rafael Nadal says he is happy that he has reached the quarterfinal of the Paris Masters despite not playing his best tennis.

Nadal had a scare in his first game in Paris, dropping the first set against Feliciano Lopez but coming back to to win after a second set tie-break and a tight third set.

His second match against Jordan Thompson was a more comfortable win in two straight sets but Nadal admitted he is not yet firing on all cylinders.

Despite his spectacular win of the French Open last month, where he claimed his 20th Grand Slam title, questions still remain about the Spaniard’s form in indoor hardcourt conditions.

But, while Nadal has admitted that he might not be at his best, he’s still happy with his progress.
“I think I am not doing a lot of things badly,” Rafael Nadal said after his third-round win over Jordan Thompson.

“I just didn’t play indoors for a year almost, and is part of the process of course.

“I need to keep going. I think these kind of matches helps. Yesterday’s match, today’s, tomorrow another opportunity.”

“Positive thing, I think I only faced one break-point with my serve during the whole match [against Thompson] but it was a set point, and a tough one.”

“That’s a positive thing with my serve. And on return I think I did it very well in the first and I could do it better in the second.

“[Reaching the] quarter-finals, that’s the most important thing for me. I’m happy.”

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