by JAMES HENRY
CINCINNATI – Fresh from his title run at Montreal’s Rogers Cup just days ago, Rafael Nadal continued his winning ways at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
He defeated Benjamin Becker 6-2, 6-2 and said he was pleased with his performance.
“I played well,” he said. “I should be very happy the way that I played since the beginning. Just for a few games the serve was down a little bit. I served with too much second serves just a few games. For the rest, I think I played a great game.”
Nadal said he needs to adapt his game to the different conditions in Cincinnati.
“The speed of the court is not exactly the same. It’s a little bit slower here than in Montreal,” he said. “And when you have these kind of tournaments back to back, it’s not easy.”
“But the idea is still the same,” he added. “I played really aggressive in Montreal with changing directions and playing inside the court, and the feeling was great. I think I played great matches.
“And the idea is keep playing the same way to give me confidence and give me good success. So we’re happy with the way I’m playing since I came back, and I’ll try to keep doing this way.”