Rafael Nadal: 'In Barcelona against Leonardo Mayer I hit rock bottom'

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Rafael Nadal: 'In Barcelona against Leonardo Mayer I hit rock bottom'

In an interview to AS, Rafael Nadal recalled his bad feelings after his first-round win over Leonardo Mayer in Barcelona. The Spaniard said: "In Barcelona, I was once again able to focus and go forward. That was the way.

I had to recover my mental intensity and then do the same with my game level. Against Mayer I played very bad, I hit the rock bottom and I had some of the worst feelings I ever went through on a tennis court. It was a complicated moment.

I do not know how, but I won. That afternoon I spoke with my team, family. I was alone in the room for some hours, thinking. Little by little I went recovering things. I saw some videos of my good times and I promised myself that from then I would have a positive attitude without complaining."

"When you have issues in all aspects, you have to stop and analyze what's happening. Despite all, it has been a successful year. In Australia it happened what happened, I did not play in Brisbane. You have to make an effort to recover, try to come back and keep the excitement and mentality.

I had a very good first Grand Slam and I trained well for Acapulco, but hitting in Cozumel I hit a forehand and I hurt my hand. I accept it and I could not play for several days. Then I lost to Nick Kyrgios, nothing happens. And when in Indian Wells I see myself at a very high level again, it's the knee. I had to recover again, which is not easy."