PHOTOS/VIDEO: 2016 China Open R1 Rafael Nadal vs. Paolo Lorenzi
2016 China Open R1 Rafael Nadal bt. Paolo Lorenzi 6/1 6/1
“Today I think I played a very solid match, playing very aggressive with my forehand,” Nadal said. “I only played one not so good game. That was at 3-1 of the first set. But for the rest I played a very good match. I’m very happy.”
“Since last year in Montreal I am trying to play closer to the baseline and trying to return closer to the baseline, trying to play a little bit more aggressive,” Nadal said.
“It’s always special to play in this part of the world…always there have been a huge support from them, here, in China,” said Nadal, “I really enjoy it a lot, no? It’s great to be far from your home and see a lot of Spanish flags out there.”
“It’s obvious having a doubles match before the singles starts is a positive thing. That’s why I asked to play before, ” added Nadal. “Today is an important victory,” he said. “There are points to try to qualify for the [Barclays ATP] World Tour Finals.” (via ATP and China Open)