Rafael Nadal: 'I am playing to win Rome Open, not to be world No. 1 again'



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Rafael Nadal: 'I am playing to win Rome Open, not to be world No. 1 again'

Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic 7-6 6-3 to advance into the Rome Open final, and in press conference the Spaniard recognized that they both played at a high tennis level: 'Of course, was a good match. Difference was few points.

In the first set, it's true that I was in advantage. I played with the right determination. The important moments later, in the tiebreak. I think I played aggressive with my forehand. And then in the second set, in some important moments, too, was the key.

I was able to change the rhythm of the point, combining high balls with shots down the line with my forehand.' By winning the final, Nadal would be world No. 1 overcoming Roger Federer. However, the 31-year-old insisted that the rankings are not his priority: 'If I win tomorrow, for me the main thing is win Rome.

Not come back to No. 1, no. My motivation for tomorrow, if I tell you my real feelings before coming here, I came here to try to win a very important title, like Rome. Not to try to come back to No. 1. That's my feelings, of course.

If I am back to No. 1, it's great. Better than to be No. 2, it's true. But my motivation is win a title, and I am playing for this today.' He finally spoke about Djokovic's current situation: 'He came back from long injury.

And it's difficult to be back. But, don't have any doubt that if Novak wants to play, he will be back at his best. He is too good to not be there. And that's it. Week by week, the normal thing that he gonna find his way and his level again.

I saw him couple of matches this year. And I saw him playing this week. And, in my opinion, it was the best week that he played. Not only today. Yesterday was a good match to see against Kei. And before yesterday, his tough opponent like Ramos. He played at the right level again. He had a good tournament. I think he's ready for Roland Garros.'