- In Madrid, Nadal’s Focused On His Game, Not Djokovic | ATP World Tour
“These last weeks I’ve been doing it, fighting for important matches, winning,” Nadal said. “Let’s see what happens in the next week.”
If he does play Djokovic, who also will be going for his 29th Masters 1000 title, Nadal said he would welcome the matchup. “If I have to play against Djokovic,” he said, “that will be a great thing because that means I will be in the final.”
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Nadal, who has asked the I.T.F. to release documentation of his testing history, has said that he would donate to an unspecified French foundation any damages won in the lawsuit.
“I feel happy that I don’t need money,” Nadal said of the lawsuit. “So it’s something that is about image, is something about that people are not free to say any stupid thing anytime, what they think in any moment, without knowledge about the things.”
Djokovic expressed support for how Nadal had handled a “very tricky position.”
“I think he has done the right thing to protect himself and the integrity of his own brand and the achievements he had in all these years of work and the results that he put in,” Djokovic said. “And the sport itself, because Rafa is definitely one of the best players in the history of the game, one of the most important players we have.”
- Quotable Quotes: The Best From ATP Media Day in Madrid | The Tennis Island
Rafael Nadal, on his recent form: I’ve been competing against the players and won matches against some of the best players of the world and competed pretty well against all of them. That has given me the opportunity to play the last three tournaments at a really high level…winning and playing matches against these people, it’s really something good for me.
I don’t know which Rafa you’re going to find here. I know that I’m doing things well. You know, I really want to do well. I’m really looking forward to it. Here I am. I’ve been preparing well. I hope to be prepared and do things as good as I can.
- Scouting Report: Djokovic And Nadal Chasing Record | ATP World Tour
Battle For 29: Djokovic and Nadal are the all-time leaders with 28 ATP Masters 1000 titles each. This is the first time since 2011 that Djokovic and Nadal have accounted for the first three ATP Masters 1000 titles of the season.
- Rafa practices in Madrid | Madrid Open