(Reuters) – Rafael Nadal, who suffered an upset defeat in the Rio Open semi-finals at the weekend, said on Monday he was confident of taking another step towards recovering his best form in Buenos Aires this week.
“I’ve come here with a different motivation because I’ve had a spell that wasn’t good for me because for the last seven months I’ve been fairly inactive and had complications,” Rafa told a news conference.
“I’m closer to the level I want to reach which is why I feel I’m taking little steps forward and that’s good. Recovery is like a ladder which you don’t climb running but rather step by step.”
“Physically I’m good. In Rio de Janeiro, I don’t think I had a bad week. I won good matches and lost one which I shouldn’t have lost, although it’s also true that the timetable of the previous match was strange.”
“I had cramps which I’ve hardly ever had in my life and the truth is my opponent played better than me and made better use of the key moments. I’d have liked to have won there but it didn’t happen.”
Rafa starts in Buenos Aires with a doubles match with Argentine partner Juan “Pico” Monaco on Tuesday.