After the quarter-finals reached in Monte Carlo and the victory obtained in the Godò Tournament in Barcelona, world number 2 Rafael Nadal is ready to make his debut in the home Masters 1000 in Madrid, where he has already won five career times.
In a press conference organized before the official start of the Spanish event, Rafa said: “It is true that in recent seasons I have played very well in swing on clay. This surface probably fits my game very well. I love this time of the year.
I love all tournaments. Events are held that are not too far from home and which at the same time are an integral part of the history of our sport. Personally, I always have a lot of fun playing in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and of course at Roland Garros, I am very familiar with all these places and I like to play them from first to last.
" Nadal also commented on the one week postponement of the French Open, believing that it doesn't make too much difference: “In terms of preparation, I have always trained very well for Roland Garros, even last year which was a bit of a season.
' difficult. The one week postponement of the tournament affects everyone equally. Perhaps the less positive is that we now have one week less between Roland Garros and Wimbledon, right? I think this is the main topic, rather than the preparation for Paris."
Jannik Sinner recently spoke at length about Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova, highlighting their special qualities. Sinner claimed Nadal and Sharapova are similar in some ways, and that spending time with them helped him improve as a tennis player and also as an individual.
Jannik Sinner praises Rafael Nadal
"I feel lucky to have met her personally," Jannik Sinner said. "I was very impressed by her professionalism. Her tennis was incredible, something that was obvious from her results.
She had that kind of different and special mentality that few players have. I tried to understand how to be able to have that character." The Italian explained that Rafael Nadal and Sharapova have not just one, but several characteristics that make them unique.
"It's a bit what happened to me with Nadal in Adelaide," Sinner said. "They do not have just one thing that makes them unique, they are an accumulation of things. Spending time with them makes you improve not only as a tennis player but as a person.
You learn a lot from someone who has won 20 Grand Slams," Sinner continued. "What would stand out the most about him is how kind he was to me and that he is a hard worker. Both Rafa and the rest of his team are normal people; when you have to have fun they have a good time, and in training, they work."