Just a few days ahead of the Madrid Masters, World No. 1 Rafael Nadal addressed the press as part of an extension to his Kia Sponsorship.
“Djokovic is absolutely not my concern, I can only face him in the final,” Nadal said. “My concerns are always the first player I will face, my physical well being, and avoiding injury.”
Rafael has won 34 straight on clay but Djokovic has won 27 straight matches and in the altitude maybe Djokovic, who has defeated Nadal twice this season, could have the edge as the No. 1 battle heats up.
“Djokovic has a good chance of being No. 1 in the next two or three months,” Nadal said.. “I could lose the No. 1 ranking even if I win nearly everything and this isn’t normal. He has very little to defend and I am defending a lot of points through to Wimbledon. For me, what is important, is the points at the end of the year.”
Nadal won the Madrid title last year beating Roger Federer. He comes into the tournament with consecutive titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
Nadal was in Madrid Thursday to receive the international Juan Antonio Samaranch Prize in recognition of the success he has achieved in recent years and for the sporting values he has shown throughout his career.
Here’s video fo the award ceremony:
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