Rafael Nadal's heartbreaking revelation: "It's the last time in Madrid"

The Spanish champion also explained how he is not 100% at the media day in Madrid

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Rafael Nadal's heartbreaking revelation: "It's the last time in Madrid"
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The news was in the air and the confirmation arrived on media day: Rafael Nadal revealed that this will be the last time he will play at the Mutua Madrid Open.

This is how the Spaniard opened the press conference on the eve of tomorrow's match against the very young American Darwin Blanch.

"I can't wait to play here. The week has been good in some ways and not so good in others. I'm not 100% prepared but I'm ready to get on the court and play my game. That's the important thing, playing for the last time in Madrid means a lot.

Sometimes people, and it's normal, hope that everything will be resolved and move on. I've always been positive but at the moment it is what it is. I'm quite calm, I'll decide in each place what should I do.

I aspire to nothing more than to take the court, have fun and have the feeling of playing in a place where I have received unparalleled affection. If they want to organize something that's fine, otherwise nothing. They don't have to prove anything to me," said the Spanish tennis legend.

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Nadal then expressed on the Roland Garros: "I don't know what will happen in the next three weeks. I will fight and do everything to try to play at Roland Garros. If I arrived in France in the condition I am in today, I wouldn't play.

This is reality. I'll go and play there if I feel like I can go out and play well. The world doesn't end with the Roland Garros, even if it was the most important tournament of my career," he revealed with great honesty.

"I'm not playing badly but I have physical limitations. The body no longer feels the same game as before. This doesn't allow me to compete as I would like," said Rafa.

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Nadal will challenge Darwin Blanch as mentioned, in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open. The very young American will play only his second match at ATP level after being defeated in the first round by the Czech Machac in the recent ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Miami. Blanch is considered a very promising player and for this reason he was granted a wild card by the organizers.

After learning of the draw that paired him with Nadal in this first round, on his Instagram account, the American player published a post in which he wrote: "Guys, I'm playing with Nadal, wtf!"

Carlos Alcaraz: "Rafael Nadal is someone I admire very much"

Nadal returned to the court in Barcelona and was eliminated in the second round by Alex de Minaur. The 22-time Slam champion preferred not to push hard so as not to put his body at risk and, in the press conference, explained that if there is an event in which to give everything it is Roland Garros.

Carlos Alcaraz has never hidden the deep admiration he has for Nadal. In the Media Day of the ATP Masters 1000 in Madrid, Carlitos spoke about his idol and the retirement of Garbine Muguruza.

"They have been great references in Spanish tennis, as well as at international level. Rafa achieved a lot and taught us many things through his spirit. I love watching him play, he is someone I admire and every time he takes the court I try to see his matches," said Alcaraz.

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"At Laureus I spoke a bit with Garbine, who announced her retirement. It's impossible not to admire her after everything she's done for Spanish tennis.

Final in Madrid between me and Nadal? It would be great. Playing the final in Madrid against Rafa it would be magical for everyone.
I hope it happens, but tennis is complicated. Every match is different and we can never take anything for granted. I know we will both fight in every match,"
added the young Spanish player.

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