Rafael Nadal: 'Rome courts are not probably the best ones on the Tour'



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Rafael Nadal: 'Rome courts are not probably the best ones on the Tour'

On Wednesday Rafael Nadal won the way he didn't want to, it means taking advantage of his compatriot and friend Nicolas Almagro's retirement after just three games. In press conference the Mallorcan player was asked about how Nico, who hurt hitting a forehand, is doing.

'I don't know, no. It's difficult to say something, because we need to wait a couple of days. It's difficult to see what's going on now just after what happened. He felt something on the knee. But I asked now to the doctor, but the doctor don't know exactly yet, no.

So we need to wait a couple of hours and do the checks, and we will see.' He was also asked about Andy Murray who didn't have a great year so far. Does being World No. 1 add extra pressure? 'I don't think being No.

1 affects on play a little bit worse, no? I don't see a reason why. But at the same time, it's so difficult to be on the top of your game and mentality for every week. He had unbelievable year last year, winning almost all the matches, and especially in the last part of the season without losing a match.

And that's tough, no? Physically, mentally, it's tough to do what he did at the end of his season. He probably was a little bit tired after that. But, no, he's a great player, unbelievable player. He lost yesterday.

He lost in Madrid without playing a great match. He will be ready for Roland Garros. He has one week and a half to practice, and he will be one of the candidates.' Asked if taking a longer off-season last year helped him to get great results this season, Nadal replied: 'I don't know.

What helped to me is that I was able to practice as much as I can, as much as I would like, because I was healthy enough. That's all, no? I stopped at the end of last year season because I couldn't keep playing, because I had problem in the wrist.

That's the real thing. It was not a decision that I take. It was my body that take that decision. Probably what helps is I practiced for one month and a half very, very well, very strong with a lot of hours and doing the stuff that I really wanted to do that not always I can work the way that I want to work because my body doesn't allow me.' Last question: I saw you on court pointing one particular spot in the clay.

Do you think the conditions of the courts here are okay? Because many players are complaining. 'I don't know. The courts are not bad, but probably are not the best on the tour. But the courts are not bad, no? It's good court.

But it's true that courts in Monte-Carlo are unbelievable. In Barcelona, too. And in Madrid, improved unbelievable the last -- I think after the blue clay. Is true, no? They rebuild. Before the blue clay in Madrid, the court was not good.

But after the blue clay, they rebuild all the courts and the courts improved unbelievable, no. I don't know. I don't know what's happening here during the whole year, but is easier to maintain a court and perfect conditions if still a club all the time, no? But in my opinion, the courts are not bad, the courts are good, are not perfect.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: 'It's normal that Roger Federer won't play Roland Garros'