Rafael Nadal feels that he is getting back to his best after his impressive 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over Russian Andrey Kuznetsov at the US Open.
The fourth seed erased any doubts over the wrist injury that forced him to miss Wimbledon as he produced a powerful display to reach the last 16 at Flushing Meadows.
Nadal, particularly felt that his forehand worked well throughout the contest: "I am improving with that shot," he told reporters.
"Everybody knows that is a very important shot for me. When I am able to play that shot well, then the court opens a lot."
The 14-time grand slam winner, who will face Frenchman Lucas Pouille next, concedes that he still feels some discomfort in his wrist but that it has not affected his performance on the hardcourts.
"Still something, but something that is not limiting my game now," added the Spaniard. "That’s the most important thing.
"I don’t know in which kind of level I am. Is true that when I had to stop I was playing great. I felt myself ready for the French.
"For me is a great news that I am on the tour again and I am playing every day with less pain on the wrist. Every victory helps for the confidence, especially when you feel that you played well.
"I feel that today I played great tennis for a long time, for a lot of moments on the match."