Nadal: "The first set was very difficult physically and mentally"

The manacorense analyzed his duel against Pella in the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 of Monte Carlo. "I found a way to counteract at the right time, I reacted," he said.

Rafael Nadal reached the semifinals of the 1000 Monte Carlo Masters after overcoming the difficulties to which he submitted the Argentine Guido Pella, especially in the first set. Nadal had only lost nine games in the previous five sets he had played against Pella, current number 35 of the world, with which he faced in Indian Wells of 2017 and in Roland Garros last year.

Never had he encountered so much resistance from the South American, that he pushed Spanish to the limit. Especially in the first heat, which lasted one hour and 22 minutes and had to be resolved in the jump-off. "It was a hard physical and mental first set, losing the first three games with my service put me in a complicated situation, but I found a way to counteract at the right time." I reacted ", explained the number two in the world after the encuentro.

The situation could be worse for the eleven times champion in Monte Carlo, who had to balance a 4-1 against. "I was lucky with the 4-1 because it had two points to be with 5-1, and with 5-1 is almost impossible, I was lucky to escape from that moment, then I played better", recognized. The Spanish tennis player is two victories of his twelfth win in Monte Carlo. "I am happy to have resolved the match, being in the semifinals again here means a lot to me", he acknowledged.

The victory on the set after the 'tie break' eased Rafael Nadal, who scored the second set with more solvency before an adversary who fought to the end, who enjoys his best year, with the title of Sao Paulo, the only one of his career.

"Guido Pella is having a great season and has won many matches on clay. a final this year and has won in Sao Paulo and was also a semifinalist in Buenos Aires ", reminded Nadal of his adversary. "He has played many matches in a row and now he has a lot of confidence," said the Spaniard of his rival, who in Monte Carlo played a Masters quarter-final match for the first time 1000.

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