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The second racket of the world Rafael Nadal has shared his emotions after the victory over Francis Tiavo in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, and also spoke about his expectations from the meeting with Stefanos Ticipation in the next round. The words of the Spaniard, reports the press service of the tournament:
– What are your impressions of the game Francis Tiago?
– He’s fast. He has a strong forehand, sometimes the game is difficult to read. He can go to the net, sometimes cuts. And he held good shots with the backhand. He can hit from everywhere. I think so.
But today I had a very quality match. Break at the beginning of each set gave me confidence in myself. Then I served well, played consistently. He was constantly behind in the count. In such a situation it is difficult to play.
– What can you highlight in Ticipate Stefanos at your previous matches?
– I don’t know how the previous matches will be relevant in the following. Young players are constantly progressing. He’s confident, won a lot of good wins. It will be difficult.
But for me, as before: in the semifinal of “Grand slam” you can’t expect easy opponents. Stefanos – one of the best players in the world. To have a chance to reach the final, I have to show my best game. I’ll try to do it.
Recall that Nadal three sets scored the victory over Tiago and in the semi-finals will play against Citibase, which, in turn, knocked out Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut.