Since arriving in Madrid, Rafael Nadal has been training thoroughly to prepare for the assault on his sixth Mutua Madrid Open crown. The first favorite in the Caja Mágica, a five-time champion, spoke to the media during Media Day and reflected on his fitness, how important Madrid is in his calendar and above all, his desire to play this week with audience in the stands.
How has he been training these days? “I have trained well. In fact I trained double session on Friday, yesterday and I might do double session today. That is, I have trained more than three hours and three hours. I feel good, looking forward to being here in Madrid.
Going back a little more to what is strict confinement but with a big difference, and that is that we have an audience and that helps at an energetic level to tolerate everything else" “Playing at home is always nice.
We are talking about one of the important tournaments of the year, it is a Masters 1000, so, to be honest, the tournament could have been anywhere else and this week I suppose I would be competing. Taking into account that I have competed very little during the year.
If the circumstances had been different, perhaps one can make another approach. But it will be my fourth event of the year and my schedule is clear. Barring setbacks, we will do what was planned which is Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros.
It's time to step on the gas “I have played little in the last year, I already said it in Monte Carlo, and it is time to push, to make an important effort these three months to come. That is what I am focused on. Playing at home everyone knows what it means to me and I hope to be ready to enjoy as many days as possible with the public here in Madrid."
Rafael Nadal won the Madrid title five times
Rafael Nadal said he is not someone who dwells on his past results, but his many glorious moments will remain forever golden for him. “I miss my youth. I am not nostalgic, but I keep all the memories of my career,” the current World No.
3 said. The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who outlasted World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets to lift a record 12th Barcelona title this year, said championship wins do take on a new meaning when they come at his age. “As the years go by, the triumphs are celebrated in a different way,” Nadal said.
Nadal added that he won’t slow down till as long as he enjoys sweating it out in training and gunning for glory in court. “I hope I continue to enjoy it as long as possible,” Nadal said.