Rafael Nadal: Roland Garros always a very special place for me

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Rafael Nadal: Roland Garros always a very special place for me

World No. 3 Rafael Nadal is looking forward to returning to Roland Garros and chasing a record 14th French Open title. Nadal, who hasn't had an ideal clay season, won it all at the Rome Masters last week after beating Novak Djokovic in the final.

Nadal was hoping to win Rome and enter the French Open in positive spirits. "Well, is always a very special place, of course, for me. Everybody knows that probably is the most important place in my tennis career," Nadal said.

"Well, I need to go back home. I need to rest a little bit. I played a lot of hours this week. So couple of days off and then start working. I think I can work in a couple of things that I can do a little bit better or I can keep confirming that I am on the way.

"I think I have been improving this week, but I need to keep going with that improvement, because when you improve and you're able to do it every day for longer time, then it's more confidence and you feel more confident and more safe, no, that you want to do it on the next tournament.

"So I just need to keep going. I know what I need to work for the next couple of weeks, and I gonna do it. That's it, no? Work, relax mentally, and work the right way."

Nadal happy with his forehand

Nadal suffered quarterfinal exits at the Monte Carlo Masters and Madrid Masters as his best shot -- forehand -- wasn't really working.

But in Rome, Nadal's biggest weapon worked well and he ended up making it all the way. "Well, I think I have been playing better and better with my forehand the last couple of weeks, getting to the confidence point.

Yes, today have been a positive day. I think for moments I could change more times down the line than what I did, something that I can't keep doing and I can keep improving," Nadal said. "But the positive thing is the winner and the solution with my forehand have been much better than the last couple of weeks, no? So that's a huge improvement for me, very important shot.

Especially on clay it's give me confidence. I think my serve is working better, too. "Yeah, I think I had a great week. I played plenty of hours, so I feel good, I feel tired, but, yeah, very satisfying victory."