ROLAND GARROS 2013
Nadal Recovers In Overcast Paris; Gasquet, Haas Also Into Third Round
by ATP Staff|
"I started the match probably with not the right intensity, with more doubts than usual," admitted Nadal. "The positive thing was that I had a good reaction at the beginning of the second, even if I didn't play fantastic. I played the way that I had to play, with intensity, with passion, playing more inside."
"Tomorrow, I have a tough opponent. Fognini is a good player, [a] player who is improving in his [Emirates ATP] Ranking, improving on his solid game. He's more serious every time. [It] will be a really tough match, and I need to play better than today."
Klizan took advantage of Nadal’s poor stroke-play to win the opening set. At 3-3, Nadal dropped to 15/40 subsequently hitting a forehand wide down the line. Klizan confirmed the break with a hold to love on an overcast and cold day in Paris. "I played very solid tennis," said Klizan afterwards. "In the second set, I wasn't able to use it." Nadal said, “I probably should have been more mobile during the first set, and this is probably the reason why my tennis level was relatively average.”
Nadal brushed off the early setback by tightening up his game on serve, stepping closer to the baseline and dictating rallies from his forehand wing. He moved into a 4-0 lead, only to be broken to 30 by Klizan, who had been treading carefully on his right ankle mid-set. “[In the] first four games in the second set, without doing anything spectacular, I was able to overturn the match," said Nadal, who started to win the shorter rallies to take the 37-minute set.
Nadal was not at the peak of his powers, but found a way to win running through the fourth set. Hitting his forehand short in the early stages, the Spaniard tightened his defensive game to record his 38th victory in 40 matches this season. Nadal has won six titles from eight finals since February.
Seventh seed Richard Gasquet cruised past qualifier Michal Przysiezny 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 for the 325th match win of his career. “Nobody expects me to win the tournament, but for sure I want to perform here,” said Gasquet.
“I'm very motivated, so I will try to do my best. It was important to win in straight sets, because it's difficult to do such a thing in a Grand Slam. You need to save your energy.” Gasquet's third round opponent, former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko, defeated Denis Istomin 6-4, 7-5, 6-2.
Tommy Haas, the No. 12 seed from Germany, became the first man over 35 to reach the third round since Jonas Bjorkman in 2007. Haas ended qualifier Jack Sock's run with a 7-6(3), 6-2, 7-5 victory in two hours and 17 minutes. He is now three match wins from 100 major championship victories (97-50 overall).
When asked what motivated Haas to keep playing, he said, with a smile, “I don't know what to do yet, I guess, besides playing tennis.”
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