Rafael Nadal: 'The energy is different, especially in situations like...'

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Rafael Nadal: 'The energy is different, especially in situations like...'

After the Internazionali d'Italia and the Masters 1000 in Madrid, Roland Garros has also formalized the entry list of participants for the 2021 edition which, as is now known, will shift by one week compared to the original schedule and will begin on May 30th.

The complex health situation in France, in fact, forced us to make this decision, in the hope of being able to welcome at least a slice of the public as had happened last year, in the unusual edition held in Paris in October.

The entry list of the second Slam of the season, in fact, includes all the top 103 players of the current ATP ranking with one exception, that of world number 57 Nick Kyrgios. This means, therefore, that at the moment the list also includes the name of Roger Federer, which does not necessarily mean that the Swiss will take part in the tournament, on the contrary his presence at Porte d'Auteil remains rather difficult considering that the Swiss has participated only once in the last five editions of the tournament and that hardly at the age of 40, he will want to waste vital energies that will then be used for the next assault on Wimbledon.

Rafael Nadal touched upon the absence of fans at the 2021 edition of the Monte Carlo Masters. The Spaniard asserted that the energy in the stadium was 'different' this year, and highlighted how the presence of spectators helps him maintain his intensity in challenging matches.

Rafael Nadal says he prefers playing to a crowd

"It's really difficult to keep the same intensity without the public," Rafael Nadal said. "The audience helps you keep staying full. In fact, you constantly want to show him that you are in good shape.

The energy is different, especially in situations like today where I had the game more or less under control. Tomorrow I will have a very difficult opponent, I will have to be 100% all the time." Rafael Nadal went on to claim that he prefers playing to a crowd than to a bunch of empty seats.

"Personally, I miss the audience," the Spaniard said. "I don't want to lie to you about that. I like playing in front of a good crowd much better than without." At Monte Carlo Masters, Nadal is really the king.

He has won 11 titles in Monaco and now is looking at a 12th. But this year he could be made to work hard as the 2021 draw is difficult.