Following the two months of hiatus, Rafael Nadal competed for the first time at the Monte Carlo Masters 2021 amid huge expectations. But, the Spaniard fell in the quarterfinal to Andrey Rublev. In an interview ahead of the Barcelona Open 2021, the 20-time Grand Slam champion admits that the Rublev match was unusual and pleased to be in Barcelona.
Last year, Nadal was not able to compete on home soil due to the Coronavirus outbreak. But, this year, he is participating in back to back tournaments, Barcelona Open 2021 and Mutua Madrid Open 2021.
“I came to the tournament well. Afterwards, the track and the competition will dictate where I really am. Personally, I’m fine. I’m happy to be here in Barcelona for another year after not being able to be last year,” Nadal said. (Quotes Have Been Translated Into English Via Google Translator)
Spaniard continued, “I am looking forward to playing in Spain once again. Two weeks in a row in our country are always exciting. From there, try to do things as well as possible to enjoy the day today.“
“The conclusions were clear from the beginning. Monte Carlo today is past. Defeats, even if they are not pleasant or positive, but everyone in their place,” World No.3 confessed.
You Can Lose To A Great Player Like Andrey Rublev, says Rafael Nadal
The 34-year-old from Manacor unexpectedly made several mistakes during the match against Russian in Monte Carlo Country Club. The Spaniard underlined that he learned lessons from his Monaco defeat and hopes he will play with his full intensity at home.
Nadal further added, “My place is the one that the Monte Carlo tournament gave me. Now we are in Barcelona, and I hope to be ready to compete at the level I need. Things are analysed from the games. There are things to improve.”
“Beyond the defeat, it was a strange match. You can lose to a great player like Rublev. Beyond that, I did wrong things, and they were something of a surprise,” Spaniard explained.
In the opening encounter, Rafael Nadal will lock horns with Belarusian qualifier Ilya Ivashka.