On Wednesday afternoon Rafael Nadal attended a Sabadell Bank event in Alicante, Spain, to speak about several interesting topics, including his physical shape. A week ago Nadal retired from the Australian Open quarter-finals due to a grade 1 lesion Psoas muscle, and the disappointment and regrets are still there: 'It was a pity because things were going through the right direction and I was playing a good tennis.
Sometimes the paths get complicated and I know the difficulties that every tournament brings. The lesion completely limited me, there was a rupture and it was impossible to continue. Luckily it's not a very big rupture, the evolution is slow but it's better and better.
I want to play well in Acapulco and get there fresh, then Indian Wells and Miami.' The most important period of the season is always the one between Monte Carlo and Roland Garros. 'My big goal is to be the best clay-court player again', Nadal confirmed.
He also commented on the Davis Cup tie between Spain and Great Britain this weekend. 'It's complicated to add the first rounds in my schedule, but I would like to help the team. I think that this year we have a good chance to win.' He finally analyzed the Roger Federer's 20th Grand Slam title: 'It's admirable now as much as before, we do not figure now what he is and what he did.
I admire him a lot. We have a good relationship, we fight for important things, but you shouldn't forget that this is a sport and the moments we lived together made us appreciate each other.' Nadal also admitted that it will be difficult that the "Next Generation" players will win as much as the current "over 30" players did.
'There was a generation able to win a lot, Federer, me, (Novak) Djokovic, (Andy) Murray, (Stan) Wawrinka. If we look at our sport's history, it had never happened that three players would win much for a lot of years.
(Alexander) Zverev, (Nick) Kyrgios, (Denis) Shapovalov are very strong and they will definitely win several Slams, it will depend on how much they are willing to improve and breakthrough. Their potential and talent is big.'