“I was a little bit worried, of course, because there has been issue after issue,” 2009 champion Nadal told reporters of his nervous tournament lead-up.
“I was worried about having another issue. But in terms of tennis, I know I was playing well.
“Then, of course, you have to compete. After four, five months without action at all, then of course you know that you can come here and anything can happen, no?
“It’s not easy to be back after four months, five months, and play the way I am playing.
“Of course, I didn’t expect that at all.”
What are the odds?
- Djokovic win – 6/7
- Nadal win – 11/10
What’s our prediction?
Another epic contest should be in store, which we expect Nadal to edge in four sets.