After the quarter-finals reached in Monte Carlo and the victory obtained in the Godò Tournament in Barcelona, world number 2 Rafael Nadal is ready to make his debut in the home Masters 1000 in Madrid, where he has already won five career times.
In a press conference organized before the official start of the Spanish event, Rafa said: "It is true that in recent seasons I have played very well in swing on clay. This surface probably fits my game very well. I love this time of the year.
I love all tournaments. Events are held that are not too far from home and which at the same time are an integral part of the history of our sport. Personally, I always have a lot of fun playing in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and of course at Roland Garros, I am very familiar with all these places and I like to play them from first to last."
Nadal also commented on the one week postponement of the French Open, believing that it doesn't make too much difference: "In terms of preparation, I have always trained very well for Roland Garros, even last year which was a bit of a season's difficult.
Nadal: "That's why it's more difficult for me here"
The one week postponement of the tournament affects everyone equally. Perhaps the less positive is that we now have one week less between Roland Garros and Wimbledon, right? I think this is the main topic, rather than the preparation for Paris."
Rafa then spoke about the match in Madrid: "It is the most difficult event for me. Everybody knows. At the same time it is also one of the most exciting from my point of view, because I play at home. We will have the opportunity to compete with the crowd again.
This means a lot to me. I'm really happy. As for tennis, it is certain that the situation here is a bit more complex. I have less control over the points, but I still managed to win several times." Finally, the champion from Mallorca concluded: "If the tournament had been held elsewhere, maybe I would have played anyway this week.
I have a few tournaments this season. This will be the fourth and my timetable is clear. If there are no setbacks I will play here, in Rome and Paris. There is no need to go back to it. This is the time to push and do my best in the three months on clay. I hope to be ready and to be able to give my best in every match here in Madrid."