Rafa Nadal Indian Wells 2022

Rafa Nadal claims he “doesn’t have amazing self confidence” after struggling to victory at Indian Wells

Rafa Nadal is on a 16 match winning streak which nearly ended against American Seb Korda after going 5-2 behind in the final set

Rafa Nadal scraped through his first match at the Indian Wells Masters 1000 before claiming that it’s not true that he believes he can win a match from any position.

Nadal was talking about his mindset in his post match press conference after surviving a real scare at 5-2 down in the final set when he said,

“The only thing that I can tell you is, if the people believe that I am a believer all the time that I going to come back, not true. I am not this. I don’t have this amazing self-confidence that even if I am 5-2, okay, I going to come back. No.

“But in my mind is, Okay, is almost impossible. I don’t want to give up. I going to keep trying. But I know it’s going to be almost impossible. Let’s try to let him win, not help him to win. Just try to keep going and to put the things a little bit more difficult to the opponent.

“Normal thing with this kind of match, in that position from 100 matches, probably you going to lose 90. But if you give up, you’re going to lose 100. If you are there, you can win 10%.”

Nadal faces Brit Dan Evans in the next round.

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