After more than six months without competition, Rafael Nadal is back. If the Spaniard has chosen to ignore the American hard season, the world number 2 will be present for the one on clay, with Roland-Garros in his sights. ” I feel good. Obviously, I still lack benchmarks. Now I am here. Rome is still an important date. Of course, this year, a lot of things are different, there is no audience, you have to stay in the bubble, you can’t appreciate the city a little. But it’s like that. At least we have a tennis tournament in Rome! It’s positive and I’m happy to be here, ”said the Mallorcan in particular at a press conference.
Subsequently, Nadal spoke about the difficulty of such a return after a long break linked to the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s not difficult because I haven’t played a competitive game for six months, it’s hard because the world has changed dramatically and a lot of people are suffering. Many families have lost someone. A lot of people are in financial trouble. So the last few months tennis was the last thing I cared about, he said in an interview with ATP. Now I am here. I am very happy to be back. Tennis has an important place in my life. Coming back to one of the most important tournaments in the world, a tournament that I have always enjoyed, is special for me. So I’m happy to be back. “
“Go on the field and feel competitive again”
If the Spaniard seems to be eager to find the courts in competition, his form questions but the latter was keen to reassure his physical condition. ” I’m in a similar shape to usual, maybe a little worse, because I haven’t played a competitive match for six months! Obviously, in order to feel that you are 100%, you need a match. Here I am, I arrived here with a fair amount of time to try and do the right workouts. What I have done. I have a complicated first round against Pablo (Carreno Busta) who has just played well in New York. It will be a good test for me. I am excited to return to competition, without having high expectations right away. My first goal is to get out there and feel competitive again. Then we’ll see what other goals I can pursue, ”explained the one who has already won the Italian Masters 1000 nine times.
Finally, the man with 19 Grand Slam titles spoke about Roland Garros, which is fast approaching. ” I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know what the situation is going to be over there at Roland Garros. We will see how the virus evolves over the next two weeks, Nadal admitted. Hoping it goes the right way. Doesn’t seem like it, does it? Let’s wait. We’ll see. We must be patient, wait and see how the situation progresses. While this Tuesday, it is the end of the first round in Rome which is on the program, the Mallorcan is expected Wednesday or Thursday at Foro Italico.