The Madrid Masters 1000 marks the return of Rafael Nadal after being injured in Indian Wells. With the stress fracture in his ribs suffered in the semifinal of the US tournament, the Spaniard decided to stop, thus skipping the start of the European clay season.
The Mutua Madrid Open therefore represents the seasonal debut on the surface much loved by the Spanish champion, who has a great goal: Roland Garros. Speaking to France Televisions, three tennis experts, Justine Henin, Patrick Mouratoglou and Michael Llodra, expressed their views on what the ambitions of the winner of twenty-one Grand Slam titles at the French Open will be.
The former Belgian tennis player stressed that Rafa Nadal’s path will depend on a great goal: to avenge the semifinal of the last edition of Roland Garros, which was lost to Novak Djokovic. "The question is: can he win Roland-Garros at least once again? If physically he is able to prepare properly, I think the desire for revenge compared to last year's semi-final defeat will be enormous," said the former number.
one of the world. Also for the three-time winner of the Grand Slam of doubles, Michael Llodra, the goal is the French Open and not Madrid, due to the different conditions of the two surfaces. "Madrid is his home, even if it's not the tournament where he gives his best.
In Madrid the pitch is very compact and depends on the playing conditions. Rafa often likes to have a little more space, which is why he is so comfortable at Roland-Garros,” said the Frenchman. He has a different opinion Patrick Mouratoglou.
Simona Halep's manager does not have much hope in Rafael Nadal, considering the low number of matches he would play before the second Grand Slam of the season.
Nadal has had a sizzling start to the year
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."
Rafael Nadal expressed his joy at watching Madrid win the title. "I'm happy to be here. Today is football day and I'm happy because I haven't been able to come for a long time and I was excited. And one more day like today, that Madrid can take the title," he said.