Rafael Nadal, who will try to win his tenth title in Rome, surprised all tennis fans even before he played the match of the first round with Jannik Sinner (Wednesday). He expressed indecision about whether he will appear in Tokyo at the Olympic Games.
"I don't know yet. Honestly, I can't give a clear answer, because I don't know either. I don't know that part of my calendar. Under normal circumstances, I wouldn't miss the Games for no reason, of course."
"Everyone knows how important that competition is to me. But in these circumstances, however, it is not clear to me. We will see what happens in the next few months, I need to organize a schedule." "I usually know my schedule from January 1st to the end of the season.
But this year is different. We need to be flexible and adjust to everything that is happening, "Nadal said at a press conference. He also referred to the growing pressure of the new generations, the strength of which the large trio that makes up Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer could feel at the upcoming Roland Garros.
"A new generation is coming that is good, while we are 34, 34 and 39. That change is something common, it happens all life. One has to be ready to accept it, we will see what will happen in three or four weeks. I hope. There will be no change, "Rafa replied with a laugh " But anything can happen.
Common sense, we grow old, we can't be the best forever. I don't like to hide the truth. We don't play the same tournaments as before, so it's normal to after almost 20 years, new generations appear on the field and start winning tournaments."
"We have won most Grand Slams in the last 19 years, so I am ready to accept (change of generations) in peace. Of course, I will continue to fight. a grand slam that I would like to win (again), so I hope to play well in Paris.
Rafa came to Rome after a mistake at the Masters in Madrid, where he was defeated by Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals. "It was great in Madrid, but in that match, I played a few bad games in the first set and it all ended in the opposite direction.
I think I played my best tennis in Madrid after a long time." "Here I will have to adjust to the conditions again. I need a little time, but I'm happy with how things are going. Tomorrow will be a tough debut, one of the toughest possible, against Sinner."
"In every match, I try to do my best, regardless of the opponent, I try to play well enough to win. Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't, that's what sport is." "Tomorrow I have to play well, of course.
I know Jannik is good and he will be motivated. I'm happy to be back in Rome, a place I know very well and where I have great experiences, ”Nadal added.