"After Indian Wells, have been some tough moments for me in terms of recover again, accept another time the injury - claimed Rafael Nadal, who just won his first title of the season in Rome - I didn't arrive very well prepared to Monte-Carlo.
That opportunity lost in that semifinals. Have been some low moments for me. The first round in Barcelona, that was a disaster. The first match of Barcelona tournament was probably personally the match with less energy I played in my career.
After that, I came back to the hotel and just tried to think what's going on and try to fix it inside me. I wake up the next morning with a different energy, no? That's what happened. After that moment I think I improved.
Against Dominic, was a good match. I lost that match. But that match helps, as I said, to find a way and to see myself better in terms of possibilities to keep improving. Then in Madrid was better than Barcelona. But always is a little bit more dangerous, no? Madrid is the tougher tournament for me because is in altitude.
Even if is at home, the conditions are so different. Is the tournament that I feel in less control normally on clay. But that week helps. I played a couple of good matches. Here the same: every day was a little bit better. Yesterday probably was my best match on clay so far this season before today, because today I played better than yesterday.
So that's it. Happy to reach that level in the last tournament before a Grand Slam. But, as I said, for me I don't want to talk about Grand Slams now. I never did in the past. For me, what means a lot is every tournament is so special for me. Have the chance to win again here in Rome is unique."