PARIS: Rafael Nadal has performed down his chances of profitable a record-extending 14th French Open title however mentioned he wouldn’t be in Paris if he thought it was not attainable.
The 35-year-old says he has by no means felt much less ready for his favorite match after being hampered by a rib harm and a continual foot downside since profitable the Australian Open.
Nadal withdrew from the Barcelona Open final month and misplaced within the third spherical of the Rome Masters in opposition to Denis Shapovalov.
Asked about his health at a information convention on Friday the document 21-time Grand Slam champion mentioned: “It is one thing that I dwell every single day with, so is nothing new for me and isn’t a giant shock. I’m right here simply to play tennis and to attempt to make one of the best end result attainable right here in Roland Garros.
“And if I didn’t believe that this thing can happen, probably I would not be here.”
His finest end result through the European claycourt season was a quarter-final run in Madrid the place he misplaced to Spanish teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz in three units.
Nadal, nevertheless, has made it to Paris and he practiced with fellow Mallorcan Jaume Munar on Wednesday night.
“I considered myself during all my tennis career one of the candidates here, because I achieve tournaments before here. Now on Friday, before the tournament starts, I don’t think I am the favourite at all. But you never know what can happen,” he mentioned.
Nadal can solely hope that his foot harm will relent for a pair of weeks, particularly as his path places him on a quarter-final collision course with world primary Novak Djokovic.
“I think my level of tennis on clay has been high during a long period of time in my tennis career, without a doubt. That’s what the numbers say,” the fifth seed mentioned.
“Unfortunately right here I didn’t have the preparation that I would really like, and sadly that rib fracture stopped somewhat bit the good momentum I used to be having because the season begin.
“But in sport, issues can change fast, and the one factor that I can do is attempt to be prepared if that change occurs.
“Today looks difficult and looks that there are players that are in better shape than me, without a doubt. But you never know what can happen in the next couple of days.”
Nadal will begin his marketing campaign in opposition to Australian Jordan Thompson.
Source : channelnewsasia.com