Rafael Nadal is in Buenos Aires, the top seed of the 2015 Argentina Open presentado por Buenos Aires Ciudad, the favorite, yet again. But that was the same situation the Spaniard lived last week, when he was defending champion at the Rio Open in Brazil.
The ultra-favorite status didn't prevent Nadal from facing a shocking defeat to Fabio Fognini in the semi-finals. Shocking because Nadal hadn't lost a semifinal in a clay tournament since 2003, shocking because of what Rafa said after losing.
The World No.3 revealed how he feels like he gets tired sooner than it happened before, also because Nadal faced cramps, something that it is very unusual for him. In Argentina, where he has never won the tournament before, Nadal comes with a luggage of doubts, in crucial need of a title win to turn this start of the season around and make sure to be ready to play in Indian Wells and Miami with the right confidence needed to compete in such important tournaments.
It was then time to meet with the press, and Rafael spoke open heart about his thoughts and feelings, in a tough moment of his career, where he needs to look inside himself to find the good motivation and positive approach.
"I am not sure I will ever be again the best Rafael Nadal, but I know that I will try my best with all I have to achieve that. It is hard to think of the 2014 season with a positive thought, considering all the injuries I had, despite reaching the Australian Open final and winning the French Open" "Physically I am feeling well, In Rio it hasn't been a bad week.
I managed to win many matches there. I lost a semi-final where I was dominating, and I had cramps. I would have liked better to be in the final. I think it would have given me more confidence" admitted the 9-time French Open champion.