Spain's RafaelNadal underlined that his troublesome foot felt worse in his Washington opener than it felt in his Washington round-of-16 clash. Nadal overcame Jack Sock in his Washington opener but suffered a shock round-of-16 loss to Lloyd Harris in his following match.
"Last week in Washington, the first round was tough with my foot, but in the second round, I felt a little bit better. Even if I lost, that is a positive thing for me. It is about trying to find the routine again on court.
Trying to be competitive again. I need to have the feeling of playing a few days in a row without any problems”.
Nadal happy to be in Canada
Despite not feeling at his best, Nadal has decided to give a shot to the Toronto Masters.
Nadal, seeded at No. 2, won Toronto in 2008 and 2018. "I am happy to be here," Nadal added. "It is a place where I have had a lot of success in the past and many good memories." Nadal hopes to go on without a foot pain for a longer period of time.
“I need to have a couple of weeks with less pain to have the confidence again with my movement. I am coming here to try and win, but also to keep feeling positive with my foot. I am not at my peak yet, but I have been practising better than I played in Washington, so I am excited to play here.
Hopefully, I will be able to compete well”. Nadal didn't play since the French Open before returning to action last week in Washington. "I couldn’t practise for a couple of weeks [after Roland Garros],” Nadal said.
“It was around 20 days without a racquet trying to recover. Also, [it was difficult] mentally as well. I didn’t play well enough [at Roland Garros]."