Masters 1000 Madrid is the less suitable clay-court event to Rafael Nadal's game, although he won three times there, in 2010, 2013 and 2014, when the tournament was played on clay. The altitude doesn't help Rafa and his uncle and coach Toni knows it too.
That's why Nadal has 'double pressure' when he plays in Madrid. 'First of all because he wants to play well because he likes to come here, he knows that it's a crowd that supports him a lot and he wants to thank them, but this pressure helped him to win matches too', admitted Toni.
'On the other side, there is the pressure that he has when he can't play his tennis. Rafa takes under control his game and in Madrid you struggle to have control. That's the truth, you do not have to mix other things.
Than other events, here the altitude affects because if you do not hit well the ball you don't know if the ball goes two meters out or if it remains IN. It creates instability and affects us but also many other players too.' But Rafa reached the semi-finals beating Fabio Fognini, Nick Kyrgios and David Goffin in what is for him a very good season as he won 31 matches so far.
'We are doing better than what we expected to. Rafa played very well on hard-courts, he didn't win any title but reached the final in Acapulco, Miami and Australia. Then on clay in Monte Carlo and Barcelona it went very well.
Rafa managed to play at a very High level. We are going through a good situation.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: 'It's not normal to win like this against Nick Kyrgios' .