“There was a bit of everything,” said Rafael Nadal, qualified for the half of the Masters

“You played a lot of decisive matches like this against the best in the world. What is the satisfaction of winning this type of match to end up in the semi-finals of the Masters?
Last year, despite two victories, I could not be in the semi-finals. This year it is. I am satisfied for it. I had to win this game and I did. I was able to react in the third set. But I think I played a good level of tennis for almost two sets before. Until 6-4, 4-5, it was tight, but in terms of feel, I felt I was playing better than him. Then the situation changed. He won the set, and I started to suffer a bit more with my serve. But it’s always a good feeling to feel that you are playing well against the best, that you are in the fight. This is what happened tonight. I was then able to find a way to win. I am satisfied.

You still came up with a lot of different things in your game. Is this important and necessary for you today?
Like I said, it was a good game. I put in the right intensity, the right determination, I changed the rhythms of the game, I came to the net, I used the slice too, I played offensive for a while, sometimes I had to defend. It was a game where there was a bit of everything. Varied tennis, like him for that matter. It probably made the game a little more interesting, in my opinion, than if it had been played the same way all the time.

You will find Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals. How far would you say he’s progressed since the 2019 US Open final. He seems like a whole different player now?
I don’t know if he’s a different player. He plays really well it’s true, but let’s not forget that he played amazingly last year too! He makes a final in Washington, in Montreal, he wins in Cincinnati, he wins in the US Open, he wins in Shanghai and a few others … Better than that, it’s very difficult, isn’t it? Now it is true that he is playing very well at the moment. He made the semi-final at the US Open, he won in Paris, he has two wins here. He is confident and plays at a very high level. But we are in the semi-finals of the Masters, we can not help but meet the best players in form. I know I have to be 100% if I want to have a chance. I should play at my highest level, otherwise it will be almost impossible to win. “

Stefanos Tsitsipas: “I played solid in the second set, with good intentions, which gave me a lot of opportunities. On the other hand, I was a little disappointed with my third set, I rushed. I don’t even really know what I tried to do. I probably wanted to be a little too aggressive. I gave him free points, without him doing much or hurting me from the baseline. I should have approached this a little more intelligently and patiently. My serve wasn’t there when I needed it, I wasn’t fully present, I didn’t play at the right time. I am disappointed with this, but that’s life. “


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