(September 2, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Rafael Nadal has improved his record on hard court his year to a perfect 19-0 with a 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 win on Monday night over Philipp Kohlschreiber in the fourth round of the US Open.
The world No. 2 from Spain, who won the US Open in 2010, was expected to play Roger Federer in a blockbuster quarterfinal, but will instead play fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo who upset the Swiss in straight sets.
“You always pay attention a little bit to the scores in the other courts,” Nadal said. “David was playing. Tommy and Roger were playing. So when you are in the changeovers, you see what’s going on.
“But I don’t put attention. I just saw and that’s it.”
Nadal was asked if he was surprised that he and Federer had never played each other at the US Open: “For two times we were one point away. For this time we were one match away. But is always the same, no? You make the confrontations before the draw. When the draw is coming and in the first round you always talk about quarterfinals. To be in quarterfinals you need to win four matches. That not easy for nobody. That’s a point that I say.
“When I see the draw, I think about my first round. If I win, I think about my second. That’s it.
“No, no, I don’t see the quarterfinals or the fourth round before the first round. You know how tough is every tournament, every match. In conditions like today is even tougher.”
Nadal spoke about Robredo’s comeback from a serious injury and all of the hard work his compatriot put in.
“We practiced in Barcelona before I fly to Viña del Mar, the first tournament in Chile. I never had any doubt about Tommy.
“You see when a player is serious, when a player is ready to work, a player who feels the game and the passion, have the passion for the tennis. The beginning, when he was coming back, he didn’t win lot of matches in Chile, in Sao Paulo, in Acapulco, I was talking with my coach. I said, He will be there for sure at the end of the season because he’s ready to work and he’s a serious player. The players who are ready for the work and are ready for fight the tough obstacles that the competition brings you are the players at the end of the season are in the best position in the rankings.
“What he is doing is great.”
Nadal has not had his serve broken the entire tournament and said that he was fortunate to keep the streak going against his German opponent.
“Four matches without losing the serve is great,” Nadal said. “I don’t want to lie you. Happy for that. But I felt at the beginning today I didn’t serve my best. But then in the next sets, I am very happy the way that I served. I was able to win a lot of points and I start a lot of points in a good position.”