(AP) Relaxed, tanned and smiling, Rafael Nadal looks more than happy to return to his favorite surface after a mediocre start to the season during which he believed he was in the worst form of his life.
“This tournament marks the start of my favorite part of the season,” Rafa told reporters Sunday as he bids for a ninth title in Monte Carlo. “I know that I have to play better than what I did. I’m working to be playing well again as soon as possible. If I did not believe in my chances, I would not be here. I would be doing other stuff, because I already achieved all the things I needed to do in my career. I still have the passion and motivation to keep playing tennis.”
“For me, the most important is the mental part, because I don’t think I forgot how to play tennis. From playing bad to playing well, there is not a very big difference. It’s just small things that make big changes. If I’m well mentally, if I can play with a little bit more confidence, it will be easier to hit better shots,” added Rafa.
Source: Associated Press