BNP PARIBAS MASTERS 2013
Rafa Credits Down-The-Line Forehand
by ATP Staff|
When evaluating his performance, Nadal attributed his forehand down the line as not only a reason for his success against Gasquet, but considers the shot to be a difference maker that has put him in prime position to finish the season with the No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking.
“I was able to hit a few good forehands down the line. That shot [has] given me a lot of points during the whole season. I need to play that shot very often to play well on these kinds of surfaces.”
Nadal also credited changing his approach on hard courts after returning from the left-knee injury that sidelined him from July 2012 to February of this year.
“The injury that I had probably makes me play more aggressive than before and that helped me a lot to play better on hard,” assessed Nadal. “But nothing really changed a lot. Just small things that [gave] me a lot of success.”
In the semi-finals, Nadal will play countryman David Ferrer in an encounter featuring two Top 3 players. Ferrer won his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown in Paris last year (d. Janowicz) but Nadal has taken 20 of their 24 FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, including nine straight, all coming on clay.