Sometimes, it's those smaller steps on a tennis court that lead on to greater progress. This seems to sum up the feelings of Rafa Nadal, even after losing the BNP Paribas Open semi at Indian Wells. As he said afterwards: 'If I play against him (Djokovic) it's because I'm in semi-finals and finals'.
The Spaniard took the positives from that, even if his year so far shows only 12 wins and five losses. He believes that a few key mistakes at the end of the first set (where he led 5-4) cost him, and knows he needs to be more confident when using his forehand. It's good to see Rafa fighting as he always does; hopefully before too long he'll be in full flight again, adding to his unmatched record of 27 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles.