Rafael Nadal reflected on his 6-2, 6-4 victory over Serbian player Novak Djokovic to reach his eighth final at the Mutua Madrid Open, capitalizing on the momentum gained from an impressive start to the season, which he has managed to maintain in Spain. The Mallorcan, who will be bidding for his fifth title on the Caja Mágica clay, spoke to the press after his match.
“When you have lost a series of matches in a row you can feel that it’s there”, said Nadal after bringing an end to a streak of seven consecutive losses to the Serb. “The current circumstances are a little different to the previous seven matches. The last two years have not been the best for me and they have for him”, he recognised. “I came out knowing that sometimes you can lose this kind of match even if you play well. I played very well in the first set, in the second there were nerves, it was played more quickly and was a bit closer”.
“It is just another game, for me the significant thing is being in another final”, said the Balearic Islander after his victory over the Balkan. “As you get older a certain type of victory can be a little more satisfactory, but as time passes what’s left is titles, and not who you beat. I’m trying to do the best possible. To beat an opponent like Novak is extra satisfaction momentarily but nothing more, it is a victory that gives me the chance to fight for an important title”.
The ATP world number five assessed the match’s significance in the context of a notable season. “It is an important match, it means I can play in another final and maintain my momentum”, he said. “I am aware that I am on a good streak, a good year, I am in another final and that is all that matters. Being in another Masters 1000 final, also in Madrid, is the most important thing”.