Rafael Nadal spoke to the media during a press conference prior to the start of the 2015 Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi today.
“My message to my fans here is that I am here, but I know I will have to suffer a bit,” said Rafa, who will play against Andy Murray in the first semi-final of the Zayed Sports City Tennis Stadium exhibition event at 5 pm on Friday. “I know I am not going to arrive here and play a really high level of tennis. Injuries have been a part of my career, so I have to start off cautiously and the first two weeks of the season will help me to regain the physical and tennis feel, and the rhythm, needed on court.”
“I want to be there too,” Rafa said, when asked to comment on Djokovic and Federer’s enduring brilliance. Is he also eager to become the first player to win the same Grand Slam 10 times at the French Open in June? “I can’t think about Roland Garros now, I am only focused on practising for this tournament,” he said.