Rafael Nadal: 'I want to be more aggressive'

Rafael Nadal celebrates his win over Jerzy Janowicz during the Rogers Cup on August 8, 2013
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Rafael Nadal says that his injury nightmare has caused him to adopt a more aggressive style.

World number two Rafael Nadal has revealed that he is trying to play a more aggressive game since recovering from injury.

The Spaniard stormed past the second round on Thursday by beating Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-2 6-1 6-0 at Flushing Meadows.

Nadal, who could face Roger Federer in the quarter-finals of the tournament, admits that his recent injury hell has caused him to go in search of a new tactic.

"I'm trying to play more aggressive," Nadal told reporters.

"I didn't have time to practise a lot because I was injured for seven months and when I started to feel better I started to compete.

"I need to play more aggressive - I'm trying to work on this my whole career but it's more mental than a training thing."

Nadal will face Croatia's Ivan Dodig in the third round.

Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning a point against John Isner during the men's final of the Western & Southern Open on August 18, 2013
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ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060
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