Rafa Nadal: “I had to change the serve from behind”

Rafa Nadal: “I had to change the serve from behind”

Open de Australia 2021 The Balearic recognizes that he is far from the level necessary to win the tournament

RAfael Nadal reached the second round of the Australian Open after defeating Laslo Djere in three sets. The manacor did not play an official match since he yielded on November 21 with Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals of the London Masters Cup.

Back. “My back is not perfect as I said a couple of days ago. Every victory gives me the chance to improve. I have had to change the serve to survive today. Every day I spend in Melbourne is one more day to improve. The blow What really limits me is the serve, what happens is that when you serve carefully in each movement, when you fall from the service, the recovery is slower and this affects the game in general, the aggressiveness … I have no problems with the rest We must not hide reality. To aspire to what I have come here I need to be better from the back. I have served smoother and with a different movement in recent years. It has given me to win, we will see what happens in the future. I will not give up anything and hopefully I can compete with real options “.

Change of routines due to quarantine. “Off the track I am not orderly nor do I have established routines. In confinement I have not been able to do much. No parties for a year or large meals with friends. It is a much sadder world, but we have to adapt to the current situation to look as close to Australia as possible. ”

The victory of Carlos Alcaraz. “He has everything to improve in the future. He will surely have a great future because he is a good boy. He has intensity, passion, he has all the ingredients. Now it depends on what he improves in the next few years. The difference is in knowing whether to be very good or if you win big things. ”

Sinner party. “I was watching his game until one in the morning. I got to know Jannik a little better in Adelaide. We enjoyed training together. He is a great guy, hardworking, laid back. He is the same as Alcaraz .. I think Sinner will finish the year with a good ranking “.

Faster track. “The courts are made with more layers or less. Last year the ball was very slow and I do not know if they have done it for the ball to avoid that problem. It is the fastest Australian Open I have ever played. It hurts me if I’m good to serve. I just wish the ball would jump a little more. ”

Travis M. Andrews
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book "Because He's Jeff Goldblum," a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.