PHOTOS/VIDEO: 2021 Australian Open R2 Rafael Nadal vs. Michael Mmoh
2021 Australian Open R2 Rafael Nadal bt. Michael Mmoh 6-1 6-4 6-2
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Rafael Nadal: “I did things well, things that of course I could do better but happy for the victory. The goal was done today.”
“I think tonight has been a very positive evening for me, winning in straight sets and great news for everything. For me, just to focus, to try to be ready for what’s next, which is going to be more difficult.”
“Of course, when I was younger I was able to run everywhere, now I need to have better shots,”
“The backhand is an important shot for me. When I’m playing well, the court opens up for me, I can produce angles with the forehand. When the backhand is working well, I play much better.”
Some quotes from Rafa's press conference in Spanish:
Q.: Congrats for your victory. How have you felt re:your back in today's match & yesterday's? Have you noticed any evolution w.r.t. the 1st day? From outside it's very difficult, if not impossible, to see it.
Rafa: "I'm serving with a much less aggressive motion and the average speed is lower than usual, both in the 1st & 2nd serve. I'm serving with a slice serve and for now it's working well. That is, I haven't suffered much on my serve.
As for the back, in the way I've served, I've managed to keep it going. Question is, I'm aware today I've been able to make a motion more relaxed & without forcing because the match, in all honesty & humility & with the utmost respect for my rival, hasn't demanded more from me.
So, what I had was enough & hasn't caused me any stress. However, I know that won't be enough for the future or for my real goal here. For now, we keep it going, but the evolution of the back hasn't been as satisfactory as I'd like, that's the truth, but we keep on trying things.
Every day we try new things looking for solutions & see if any of them is the click that changes the feelings completely. We're going to keep on fighting & working because, while I'm alive in the tournament, there is always a chance for things to get better.
On my part, what is in my power, I'm doing things well. That is, the 2 matches where I couldn't afford mistakes in focus & game that could extend the match & thus could mean to say goodbye to the tournament, I've performed well, closing them quite fast & efficiently.
And this was the goal I talked about the 1st day. I had to survive in the first rounds, which I've done it. I'm aware that next I'll have to face a rival with a high level & I have to try to be a little better than what I am today.
I don't pretend to be perfect, but I do need to be a little better as far as feelings is concerned. Tomorrow is a day to try to look for another solution & that's what we're gonna do. Let's see if we're able to find what we need for the future."
Q.: On the same subject, medically, is there a solution? Are you really waiting for a big evolution, so that your chances in the tournament change or are we waiting for a miracle? I guess you've talked about it with Angel [Ruiz-Cotorro] and he must have given you some options...
Rafa: "Obviously, current circumstances are unfortunate and of course I believe that, for the sake of confidence & peace of mind, Angel being here would perhaps help me in a more definitive way. But I must also say that here I have a group of doctors who are in touch with Angel.
We're not waiting for a miracle, we're just waiting for things to improve. It's 18-19 days that I've been so and it's not just the back issue, it is also that my preparation has been shortened. Anyway, it's not time to lament, but to look ahead, look for solutions.
Tomorrow we're gonna try several new things & let's see if we find a solution. I think there are chances to solve the issue, but tomorrow will be key because if the treatments we're gonna try tomorrow don't provide an improvement, we'll really be at the limit."