Nadal has his thoughts on Montecarlo
The world nº2 Rafael Nadal indicated that his thoughts are now on the Masters Series Montecarlo that begins 17th April and that is why he is training "very well and with high hopes".
Nadal made these declarations after taking part in the presentation of the Torneo Islas Baleares de Tenis with Carlos Moya and Nuria Llagostera at the Baleares Government offices in Palma.
The Roland Garros champion reiterated that his main objective at the moment "is to train well every day" and he said that it was a "mistake" for people or him himself to believe that he could repeat what he did in 2005, when he won eleven titles.
"Last year was unforgettable, unrepeatable, but very hard to surpass. Now I only want to train and to make a good start to the claycourt season," stated Nadal, who did not have the results longed for in the US Masters Series in Indian Wells and Key Biscayne.
From EUROPA PRESS:
Rafa Nadal: "I really feel like starting to play on clay"
PALMA DE MALLORCA, 6 (EUROPA PRESS)
The Manacor player Rafael Nadal is really looking forward to the beginning of the claycourt season that starts 17 April with the Masters Series in Montecarlo, where he will be defending the title he won last year.
"I really feel like getting started on clay, where I haven't played for a long time," said the world nº2 during the presentation in Palma de Mallorca of the III Torneo Islas Baleares, to be held 23-24 May in Costa d'en Blanes, Calvià.
Nadal has not played a single match on clay since Spain's Davis Cup match against Italy in Torre del Greco. Last year, the Manacor player became the 'king' on clay winning nine titles, including Roland Garros.
However, Nadal insists: "2005 is 2005, an incredible year that won't be repeated" and opts for restraint when announcing his next objectives.
"My immediate goal is the next training session, and having a good tournament in Montecarlo," confessed Nadal who has already put behind him the problems in his ankle that marred his tennis in the Masters Series in Key Biscayne and led to his elimination in the second round by Carlos Moya.
Apart from tennis, Nadal talked about football. Although he is a staunch Real Madrid supporter, he is happy about Barcelona qualifying for the European Cup (Champions' League) semifinals by defeating Benefica yesterday. "I always prefer the Spanish teams to win," he declared.
(This last bit was shown on the Antena 3 news clip and Carlos Moya butted in to say that Rafa was so delighted with Barcelona's win that he had text messaged E'too, who scored the second decisive goal that assured the victory and had a hand in the first one, to congratulate him.)