Nadal: I needed to change something and I did


Rafael Nadal believed he benefited from adopting a more aggressive approach as he came from a set down to beat Andy Murray in the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Nadal will face Gael Monfils on Sunday as he bids to add to his eight previous titles in Monaco, secured in successive seasons from 2005 to 2012.

However, the Spaniard was forced to turn things around in his last-four meeting with world number two Murray, who took the first set, eventually coming out a 2-6 6-4 6-2 winner..

Asked what he had changed during the match, Nadal said: "I think I increased the speed of the ball, played a little bit longer and at the same time I think I played a little bit more inside the court.

"I didn't play bad in the first set, but Andy had the chance to control the points too many times from inside the court, hitting winners. Something was not going well in that first set because he was playing too easy in my opinion.

"I needed to change something and I think I did. I think I played a great second set in terms of mentality and in the third set I played aggressive."

A notable feature of Nadal's performance was the regularity in which the clay-court specialist came to the net.

"If you go to the net it is because you are hitting good ball and it is because you are in a good position," he explained. "If you are not playing well, you're not hitting good ball, you're not inside the court, you cannot go to the net. That's an easy thing to understand.

"It is important for me to accumulate weeks in a row playing at this good level. It's a very important week for me, being in a final again here in Monte Carlo and winning against very tough opponents.

"That's a lot of confidence and great news for me. Let's see if tomorrow [Sunday] I can still play at the same level."