Monday, March 29, 2010
MIAMI VIDEO: Sunday's Hot Shot - Nadal vs Nalbandian
Rafael Nadal, who is the second highest seed standing in the draw in Miami, overpowered David Nalbandian to reach the fourth round. After dropping a tight first set in an 18-point tiebreak, Nadal outclassed the Argentine to take the match 6-7 (10-8), 6-2, 6-2.
While other serious contenders like Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have crashed out early in Miami, Nadal seems to be hitting top form as he managed to overcome an opponent he considers to be exceptionally dangerous.
"I know how well he [Nalbandian can] serve and how well he can play. Well, I know for sure, because, you know, the first two meetings against him how was, 62, 6 1, 6 4, 6 0 for him... So when you go another time on court against one player with this talent, you are always a little bit scared," said the fourth seed after the match.
"He's very complete player. Anyway, look, I'm very happy to see him back after important surgery. He's a close friend of mine. He is talent, no? He can play very easy. He can make very difficult things very easy... So, you know, when he's playing at his best level he makes you feel like you are nothing in the middle of the court, no? So I think it's strange that one player like David don't have a Grand Slam victory, because he has everything to win."
I love how Nadal held nothing back while praising Nalbandian. I mean for someone like Rafa to say that Nalbandian can make him feel like he is "nothing" on court... That's class!!
Here's a video of Rafa's post-match interview:
Nadal faces fellow Spaniard and Miami's 15th seed, David Ferrer, in the fourth round on Tuesday. The match is scheduled third from a 1pm start (Miami local time).