- ‘I’m on time’ – Rafael Nadal says he is on track to be match fit and ready for the French Open next month | Eurosport
“I have three weeks,” he said as an honorary guest inside the Bernabeu Stadium ahead of Real Madrid’s La Liga title-clinching match against Espanyol on Saturday.
“So I trust that the daily training will help me to get ready. Here the demand [in high altitude in Madrid] is maximum, but what can be done is going to be done. The most important thing is to be healthy, but I think that going to Paris I’m on time. Three weeks are enough to get competitive.”
“I have trained very little, because the rib is very disabling and also very painful,” he said. “I had two very bad weeks and afterwards it has been very, very disabling. I haven’t been able to do practically anything, but it’s here, at home, in Madrid.”
Nadal will chase his sixth title this week in Madrid, where he owns a 54-13 record. The lefty has not competed since Indian Wells due to a stress fracture in one of his ribs, so he will be keen to make a quick start to his clay-court season.
Nadal’s most recent title at the Caja Magica came in 2017, and last year he reached the quarter-finals. He could face a stern test in his opener against in-form Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic or Kazakhstani Alexander Bublik.
- I would pick Rafael Nadal to play for my life, he would leave his life for the cause, he would come out all covered in clay, with the attitude of a warrior: Fernando Meligeni | sportskeeda.com
The Brazilian made a poll on Twitter, asking his followers who they would choose out of the Big Three to play for their life. Meligeni later said that his personal pick would be Nadal, saying that the Spaniard has the attitude of a warrior. He also implied that the match would be on clay.
“You asked and I will answer. In that case my choice would be Nadal. He would leave his life for the cause, he would come out all covered in clay, with the attitude of a warrior. Leaving everything you have. And that would be what would make me calm.”
Most notably, Osaka revealed she might even try to incorporate some things she’s learned from watching Rafael Nadal over the years on clay.
“I think I stole one of the things that he did and I’ve been practicing it recently,” Osaka said. “It’ll either go really good or really bad. There’s like no in between. But I think as I’ve been doing it, it’s been going pretty well.
“I know that every kid growing up playing tennis in the world has pretended to be Nadal at least once.”
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