June 22, 2017

Nadal Tops Klizan for 700th Win

Nadal waves and smiles

(June 24, 2014) Rafael Nadal recovered from a first set loss to earn his first match win at Wimbledon since 2012 with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win over Martin Klizan. The world No. 1, but seeded No. 2 entered special company on Tuesday afternoon becoming the 11th player in the Open Era to earn his 700th career win.

“Well, was a positive match for me,” Nadal said.  “First thing because I won.  That’s the most important thing.  I didn’t play much on grass for the last three years.  So always is like you restart.

“So happy for the victory.  In the end the match was difficult.  After the first set was even more difficult.  So I was able to fight.  I was able to try to find some solutions, some changes during the match.  I think I can do it better than what I did today, but at the same time I know I will not play today at my 100%.  I will not play perfect today after not playing in grass for a while.

“So you need to find the routines again.  You need to find the confidence on some shots.  The only way to find that things that comes automatic, the only way is play matches.”

Next up for the two-time former Wimbledon champion will be Lukas Rosol, the man who upset Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon in 2012.

“He’s a very dangerous player, very strong, very powerful shots from the baseline,” Nadal said.

“He’s aggressive player.  Will be a tough match again.  I know if I want to have chances to win, I need to play very well.  That’s what I going to try.  If not, I don’t have chances to be in the third round.  But I going to fight for it.”