Rafael Nadal, 35, is excited ahead of his debut campaign at the Citi Open in Washington. Nadal, ranked at No. 3 in the world, kicks off his preparation for the US Open in Washington. “I love to be here in Washington because it’s not only a new event for me, it’s a new city.
I am able to visit one of the most important cities in the world. And honestly, it's a very beautiful city,” Nadal said during his pre-tournament press conference, per the ATP website. “I have been able to walk around a little bit the past couple of days.
I am very impressed. I hope to have a chance to visit a little bit more [of] the city during the next couple of days. “But what I saw [was] so beautiful. [It is] a very green city, [it has] lower buildings than most of the big American cities.
I am enjoying the city, I'm enjoying the people. [I am] having fun”.
Nadal believes Novak Djokovic can win the US Open
This year, Djokovic made it all the way at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. If Djokovic wins the US Open, he will complete a Calendar Grand Slam.
“He’s already won three, so when you win three, you can win four, without a doubt,” Nadal said. “He’s going to be playing on hard courts, probably his best surface, so why not? Of course it’s something difficult.
[There are] going to be other guys that want to achieve the last Slam of the season. But of course he's one of the clear favourites. “What he achieved this year is something, well, amazing. I definitely believe that he can do it, without a doubt”.
Nadal believes that skipping Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics was the right thing to do. “Playing in Washington allows me to be on the tour one week before than what I do usually for this part of the season. But missing Wimbledon, I think that's the right thing to do.
The decision I think is the right one,” Nadal said. “Super happy to be here. [The] tournament organisation is doing amazing”. Nadal hasn't played a tournament in two months but he is optimistic ahead of his Washington campaign.
“I don't know how long it will take to recover everything, but the only thing I can say is I'm here just to try my best in every single moment. I hope the past couple of days of practices keep helping me to be competitive enough for the first round,” Nadal said.
“I am excited to be back playing in America after more than a year without playing here, especially playing in front of the full crowd, full stadiums”.