Rafael Nadal: 'I suffered after Rome, but I feel better now. Otherwise..'

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Rafael Nadal: 'I suffered after Rome, but I feel better now. Otherwise..'

Rafael Nadal has been practicing at Roland Garros for a couple of days, training with Jaume Munar, Sebastian Korda and David Goffin. The 13-time Roland Garros champion is not the first favorite in Paris, a rare scene at the clay Major since 2005.

Nadal made a perfect start to the season, winning the opening 20 matches and conquering the 21st Major crown at the Australian Open. The Spaniard had to skip six weeks following a rib injury from Indian Wells, and he is yet to reach his usual level on clay.

Rafa lost the Madrid Masters quarter-final to Carlos Alcaraz and was beaten by Denis Shapovalov in the Rome Masters third round. To make things worse, the 21-time Major winner felt a sharp pain in his foot against the Canadian, struggling since the middle of the second set and barely finishing the duel without retiring.

Not feeling good about his chances at the beloved Major, Nadal is ready to give his best in Paris and go as further as possible, wishing to stay injury-free for two weeks and challenge Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The Spaniard admitted he struggled for a couple of days after Rome, heading back home to Mallorca and embracing light practice sessions.

Rafael Nadal wishes to play injury-free at Roland Garros.

Raising his intensity on Court Philippe-Chatrier, Nadal looked good against Korda and Goffin, and he hopes to be ready for the opening clash against Jordan Thompson.

Rafa has won 13 of the last 17 Roland Garros tournaments, experiencing only three defeats and hoping to regain the title he handed to Novak Djokovic. Novak and Rafa met in the semi-final, and the Serb prevailed after four hours and 11 minutes of an epic battle.

Nadal struggled with a foot injury and played only two matches in the rest of the season. "There is nothing to recover from, to be honest. The Rome scenario is something that has happened very often during my practices.

I suffered in the next couple of days, but I feel better now. That's why I'm here. Everybody knows why I had issues in Rome; I was open about what happened. At the same time, I said things could be better in the future, and I'm hoping that would be the case in the next two weeks in Paris," Rafael Nadal said.