In what happened to be his 1000th game in his career, Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal recovered from an unusually slow start against Philipp Kohlschreiber to advance to the fourth round of the Miami Open on Monday.
The 14-time Grand Slam winner, who has won 822 of his ATP Tour level contests, bagelled in the first set by the German before fighting back to win 0-6 6-2 6-3.
“One thousand is a lot of matches,” he said after the win.
“Obviously that’s good news because it says I am having a long career. During a lot of years, I heard that I’m going to have a short career, so it’s something important to me.
“I remember the first match very well because it was at my home in Mallorca. It was my first victory on the ATP and was a great feeling.”
Nadal has never won the Miami Open, but has set up a 4th round tie with Frenchman Nicolas, as he may have a chance of going all the way to the finals having only Kei Nishikori and Jack Sock of the top 20 left in the bottom half.
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