Modest Rafael Nadal refused on Tuesday to credit his runaway success this season to any kind of genius scheduling despite winning eight titles from 11 events so far. Rafa will make his start at the Cincinnati Masters in the second round against one of a pair of qualifiers. But after winning the Montreal title at the weekend to climb one notch higher in the rankings, Rafa is taking none of his success for granted:
When you prepare your schedule, you don’t know if you will play one match, two, three, four, or five. You can lose in the first round, so the schedule is changing a lot.
I do what I can. I don’t want to be too smart and say I prepared the schedule great. That’s why I arrived to Montreal in very good shape.
I wanted to play on clay in the summer to be in rhythm and to have more chances to arrive more competitive to Montreal, but I didn’t have that chance. But I arrived to Montreal with a good feeling and I was able to win.
It’s very difficult to say I found the right schedule. In our sport, the schedule changes a lot depending on the matches that you are winning or losing. After a long time not being allowed to do what you really want to do, you are able to come back with very, very fresh mentality knowing what you have to try to do to be competitive. I always thought during the seven months that I will work hard as much as I can to be back strong. Then you come back and you don’t know how you will be.
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