US OPEN 2013
Nadal Beats Kohlschreiber To Reach Quarters
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
The left-handed second seed improved his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against the German to 10-1, and became the third Spanish man into the quarter-finals, a record performance by the European nation in the Open Era.
Though he dropped the first set of the tournament in a tie-break, Nadal saved the only break point he faced during the match to maintain his unbroken record in New York this year. "My serve is working just amazing," he said. "Four matches without losing serve is great."
"It was very, very tough conditions, very humid," said Nadal, crediting Kohlschreiber for his tough performance. "I'm lucky to be through, [I] fought a lot to come back into this match."
The Mallorcan believes he lost the first set due to the uncomfortable conditions which are physically draining. "When you are one set [down], you can [make] a mistake and then lose another set, then the match gets completely crazy and anything can happen," said Nadal.
He next faces compatriot Tommy Robredo, who upset Roger Federer in straight sets. "[I'm happy to see him come back after injury... he’s playing a very good tournament, he will come to my [next] match with confidence, and I hope I will be ready," said the World No. 2. He acknowledged that the possibility of a meeting with Federer on the biggest stage in tennis, Arthur Ashe Stadium, was reducing each year.
"We are getting older, so the chances are less today than five years ago," admitted Nadal.
Nadal holds a 6-0 win-loss against Robredo, though the duo have not battled since 2009. The younger Spaniard has respect for his elder countryman's dedication and passion for the sport. "The players who are ready for the work and are ready [to] fight the tough obstacles that the competition brings you are the players [that] at the end of the season are in the best position in the rankings," said Nadal.