Rafael Nadal will be playing in the Rome Masters after going seven long months without playing a competitive match. Additionally, the 19 times Grand Slam winner has no big expectations coming into the tournament. However, he still is the favorite to win not only the Italian Open but also the French Open which is scheduled to begin from September 27.
The “King Of Clay” will be back on his favorite surface after missing the Cincinnati and US Open to prepare for the clay season. Besides, his last competitive match was way back in February in Acapulco.
While he is the favorite, the Spaniard is not letting any of this put pressure on himself. His first match is against Pablo Carreno Busta, the semi-finalist at the recently concluded US Open. He said to the press in Rome, “My expectation is to always go on court and try to feel competitive. That is the first goal.”
In addition to this, the world number 2 said, “I want to go to court. And feel competitive and then I will see how I feel and what kind of goals I can look for.”
Besides, Nadal is quite clear in his mind before coming into the competition. Additionally, he is also aware to not come up with excuses. However, he does believe that lack of competitive matches can be an important factor in deciding the winners.
“It Is Going To Be A Good Test”- Nadal On His First Match Against Pablo
He said, “I arrived in plenty of time to try and have the right practices. You need matches to feel 100 percent. I am excited about going back to playing competitions. This time, without big expectations.”
Besides, the Spaniard also said about his first-round strong opponent in the form of Pablo. Nadal said, “I know I have a tough first match against Pablo. He is playing great. So let us see. It is going to be a good test.”
Additionally, Nadal would like to win the tournament and get ready for the French Open.