del Potro: 'It is almost impossible to beat Rafa'

Juan Martin del Potro said Rafael Nadal is too strong and his backhand has improved a lot, after his loss to the World No.1 in the semifinal.

Juan Martin del Potro, after his loss to Rafael Nadal in the French Open semifinal.   -  AFP

A sneak-peek of who's saying what at the Roland Garros on Saturday.

“I love what I am doing. I love the competition. I love the sport. If it's not that way, it's sure that I will not be here after all these years.”

-- Rafael Nadal on his longevity

 

“It is almost impossible to beat Rafa. He's too strong. He's improving his backhand a lot. That's why he's the No. 1 and beating all the guys.”

-- Juan Martin del Potro after his straight sets loss to Nadal

 

“I need to regenerate and have a good breakfast to keep up my good level. Full power on Sunday.”

-- Dominic Thiem

 

“It's not always fun. Today is my off day, and I'm spending it with you guys. It's not ideal, but it's what comes with winning. So it's not too bad.”

-- Women's finalist Sloane Stephens whose day off was ruined when required to carry out media duties

 

Numbers up

85 -- wins at Roland Garros for Nadal against just two losses

11 -- finals in Paris for Nadal, equalling Roger Federer's record for 11 at Wimbledon

14/17 -- Nadal won 14 of the last 17 games played against Del Potro