In no time, Rafael Nadal went right from winning the Monte Carlo title Sunday to the practice courts in Barcelona yesterday. And after a hitting session Nadal was presented with a rose by an official.
Monday just happened to be Sant Jordi’s day in Barcelona, which is similar to Valentine’s Day in the USA. One difference is the men give their sweethearts a rose. Looks like Nadal has a new admirer for his affections. Does Xisca know?
Rafa also met the press and reflected on his big Monte Carlo win.
“It was crucial to finally win a tournament again. But obviously beating Djokovic was mentally very important,” Nadal said.
Nadal added that he’s focused solely on winning Barcelona and not on the No. 1 ranking.
“My goal is to play well in Barcelona, not to become No. 1,” he said. “I am closer to the No. 3 ranking than to the No. 1. What counts now is the tournament in Barcelona.”
Nadal, who has won Barcelona six times in the last seven years, will play countryman Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in his first match.
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