“I tell you one thing, I enjoy a lot of times playing with wind because for me it’s a challenge. It’s like playing golf with a lot of wind. I mean, we [are] going to have mistakes. The level will not be that high. But it’s about try to find solutions all the time.”
Whilst Nadal advanced to the final, he did not find it easy against his fellow countryman. Alvarez, 18, took Nadal close in the first set, although the Mallorca-born legend’s prowess shone through in the eleventh game of the first set.
The youngster levelled proceedings, though with Nadal failing to lead the second set at any point past the third game. And although Nadal broke him down in the final set, there was enough on show from the youngster to convince Nadal he has a future in the game.
However, the veteran claimed that Alvarez must keep a level head in the future if he is to win on the big stage. “When you are young,” said Nadal, “when you are living new experiences for the first time, everything is new.