After two months of absence from the playing fields, twenty-time Grand Slam title champion Rafael Nadal has made his return to the circuit in the ATP tournament in Washington. However, the Spanish tennis player still showed some physical problems related to his foot and went out in the second round of the tournament, surprisingly eliminated by the South African player Lloyd Harris.
After a few days, however, Rafa is ready to get back on track and in the next few days he will take the field in the ATP tournament in Toronto 2021. Arriving in Canada, the Spanish champion gave a presentation conference where he shared all his impressions of him.
Rafa has had problems with his foot ever since 2005
Rafael Nadal will look to put his disappointing third-round defeat at the Citi Open behind him this week as he launches his bid for a record-extending sixth Canadian Open title in Toronto.
"It's true that sometimes my foot is bothering me more than what I would like but I need to find the positive feelings with it," Nadal said. "I really need to have a couple weeks with less pain to have the confidence again on my movements, knowing that I will be able to go out and to compete for for a long time with a good chance.
That's something that I am looking for in this tournament." In the context of his recent defeat to Lloyd Harris in Washington, the Spaniard was asked how he deals with the fear of losing, especially after an injury layoff.
"It's always trying to find the routines again on court, trying to be competitive again," Nadal said. "(It is) something that is not coming immediately and especially if you are able to practice at the highest level for such a long time it's a little bit easier, but was not my case.
So yeah, I mean, I'm not scared to lose," he added. "I know something happened last week, and I lost plenty of times in my career but the main thing is just try to feel that I am improving and then playing better and better."
Rafael Nadal is the second seed at the National Bank Open this year. Given his half of the draw, it’s no joke for him to reach the finals; he will face the likes of potential opponents like Nick Kyrgios, Roberto Bautista Agut and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
He will have to regain his confidence and fight harder than before, considering the poor run of form in 2021. His US Open performance will be based upon his finish at the National Bank Open in Toronto.