Anett Kontaveit and Mertens have presented two world-class challenges, players who have been tallying up the victories since the restart, further boosting Garcia’s morale.
“Yeah, for sure they played a lot of matches, winning a lot of matches since beginning of the year and since we started again, as well,” mused Garcia, who struck 18 forehand winners en route to victory and canvassed the net with an 18/28 success rate.
“I played some good tennis in the US I think, and I lost against a good player like Victoria Azarenka and Jennifer Brady, so after, when I came back on clay was not as great, but I kept working.
“I think everything is possible. I can do some good damage with my forehand and with my serve, and I train a lot on clay courts before the U.S. swing, and I think I'm more confident on this surface now," added Garcia, who trained at the Rafael Nadal Academy during the tour's hiatus and ahead of the tournaments in New York.
“I must enjoy the moment as well. I mean, the court is amazing and brand new, so brand-new memories.”