MONTREAL (Reuters) – Defending champion Rafa Nadal maintained his momentum in Canada and cruised to a 6-3 6-4 win over Argentinean Guido Pella to advance to the Rogers Cup quarter-finals on Thursday.
“It was a tough day in terms of wind. But we are used to playing like this. When we play on outdoor courts, that's part of the game, too. Of course it is better to play without this kind of wind.”
“At the same time, it is beautiful to play under tough conditions because then the player who has different options to play has better chances to survive these kind of days.
"It's about adapting and being focused mentally. Of course, I prefer to play without these conditions, but in some way I enjoy.”
“When it's too windy in academy, I go to the indoors... Of course being from an island, we have wind, yes. But if you ask me if I prefer to play with wind or without, I prefer to play without. Another thing is normally I adapt myself well to windy conditions.”
Nadal will now face seventh seed Fabio Fognini after the Italian beat France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 7-5.
“He’s playing great,” Nadal said of Fognini after pulling ahead of Federer with his 379th ATP Masters 1000 win.
“I saw him a little bit yesterday. He played a great match. He’s having a great season, one of the best of his career, if not the best."
“He's having a great season, one of the best of his career, if not the best. I need to be playing well. I think today I played better than yesterday, so I hope tomorrow I continue with this improvement. That's what I need if I want to keep having chances to be through.”
“We are in quarterfinals of a Masters 1000. All opponents are tough. For me, tomorrow is an opportunity to go on court against one of the best players, try to play a good match. So let’s see if I am able to.”
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