Rafael Nadal looking on

‘Worst possible way!’ – Rafael Nadal admits he suffered major scare in Paris

Rafael Nadal says he started his historic win over Feliciano Lopez ‘in the worst possible way’ before finding a way to win.

It was Nadal’s 1000th career win, a milestone that only three other men – Roger Federer, Jimmy Connors, and Ivan Lendl – have ever reached.

It was far from an easy one, though with Lopez taking the first set. Nadal, however, was able to fight back to win 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

“I started the match the worst way possible, especially against a big server like Feli,” Rafael Nadal said after the match.

“After that I played under a lot of pressure the rest of the match, but I found a way.

“This victory is one that I am very proud of. The personal satisfaction sometimes is bigger when you win these kinds of matches than if you go on court and win 6-3, 6-3.”

Nadal, who is searching for his first Paris Masters title, will now face Australian Jordan Thompson after he upset 15th seed Borna Coric in the second round.

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