“Today looks difficult and looks like there are players that are in better shape than me, without a doubt, and is true today, but you never know what can happen in the next couple of days,” Nadal said. “Same happened in Australia, and I put myself in a position to have a chance. And here is no different.
“[What] I have to do is believe in my chances, believe in my daily work, and then stay positive and believe in my real chances.”
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Turning that belief into a thrilling run will hinge largely on the condition of Nadal’s left foot. He didn’t want to dwell on the issue with reporters, but assured the press that he is feeling much better than he did last week, when he was grimacing in pain as he fell to Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in the round of 16 at Rome.
“What happened in Rome is something that happened very often in my practices,” Nadal said. “But yeah, I was suffering after that for a couple of days, but I feel better. That's why I'm here.”