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 difficult season.
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”.
Rafa then spoke about the match in Madrid: “It is the most difficult event for me. Everybody knows. At the same time it is also one of the most exciting from my point of view, because I play at home." Dominic Thiem recently took part in a Q&A session hosted by the Mutua Madrid Open.
During the brief interaction, Thiem joked that he would like to possess all aspects of Rafael Nadal's game if given a chance.
Dominic Thiem talks about Rafael Nadal
"I would steal everything from Rafael Nadal (laughs)," Dominic Thiem said.
Thiem believes his performance against Wawrinka ranks amongst the finest of his entire career. "Best memory of the tournament is still when I beat Stan in 2014, first victory over a top 10 guy and I think still until now one of the best matches I've played," Dominic Thiem said.
The 27-year-old responded that he likes to have his dinner late at night, much like Spanish people, which is something that he would like Austrians to do too. "I really love to have late dinner like Spanish guys so I would bring that to my country," concluded Thiem.