He said so despite meting out a routinely dominant performance over unseeded Croatian Ivan Ljubicic in their fourth-round match on May 30. Nadal, after some uninspiring performance in the first set of the match against Ljubicic, came in to his own and crushed the Croatian 7-5 6-3 6-3.
In the post-match press conference Nadal said, "I'm not playing well enough to win this tournament. Sometimes I still make a few mistakes in a row and this cannot happen again."
Speaking about the match, in which he handed Ljubicic, the fourth loss on clay in as many encounters between the two, he said, "I played badly, then I was much better and he started to make a lot of mistakes."
But going by his performance of the match, one can not stop but wonder as to why did Nadal make such an assessment of his own game and that too when he dished out one of his better games.
Going by Ljubicic's words, Nadal's next opponent has a lot to worry about as the Spaniard has just about hit the fourth gear and that should be enough to see him through to the French Open crown.
He said, "It wasn't a bad match from my side. It's just the serve was not there and without a good serve against anybody, it's tough, but against Rafa it's almost impossible. The first set I'm sure there were points where he felt like he could have played better but I think now he has four matches under his belt and if he manages to win the next one he's back in business, confidence wise."
The Croatian added, "I think today's match is going to give him quite a lot of confidence. When he relaxed after the first set he played high-level tennis."