Rafael Nadal: 'I think that three weeks of preparation are...'

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Rafael Nadal: 'I think that three weeks of preparation are...'

Celebration day today at the Santiago Bernabeu: Real Madrid prevailed with a round score of 4 to 0 on Espanyol and won the 35th Liga of its glorious history. Today's result is the result of Rodrygo's brace, Asensio's goal and the usual marking by karim Benzema, who reached 26 goals in the league, 42 in the season in 42 games.

Guests of honor at the historic day of Real Madrid were 21 times slam champion Rafael Nadal, who was invited to give the symbolic kick-off and was greeted by a heartfelt standing ovation from supporters of the Merengues. Also present in the stands Carlos Alcaraz, who joined the applause of the stadium for the Spanish champion.

Nadal is the King of Clay

Rafael Nadal has provided an update on the rib injury that has kept him sidelined since Indian Wells. "I arrived very tight, I've trained very little. The rib has been very disabling, and I haven't been able to do practically anything," Nadal said.

"I have Roland-Garros in mind, and I'm aware that this tournament in Madrid is difficult." Having missed the first few weeks of the European claycourt season, Nadal will hope for deep runs in Madrid and Rome ahead of a record-extending 14th title in Paris.

He spoke of the importance of heading into the French Open "well and healthy." "The important thing is to arrive in Paris well and healthy. I think that three weeks of preparation are enough to arrive well and healthy," he said.

However, his rehab schedule has been on track and he is all set o begin his clay campaign at the Madrid Open on Tuesday. Nadal, as always, has been extremely honest and realistic about his chances at the tournament. The Spaniard said that he could not put in enough hours on the court before the tournament.

“I come here with great enthusiasm, but very fair, really. I have trained very little because the rib is very disabling and also very painful,” he said. He also mentioned, “I had two very bad weeks. I have not been able to do practically anything, but it is here at home, in Madrid”.

However, given that it is Rafael Nadal and the surface is clay, it will be quite a foolish thing to dismiss him from the list of contenders at Madrid. He even reached the finals of the Indian Wells Masters. However, he sustained a stress-induced fracture on his ribs and thus missed the first few tournaments of the clay season.