Eight time champion Rafael Nadal met the press yesterday in Monte Carlo where the World No. 1 revealed that the clay season is his most favorite time of the year.
“It’s my favorite part of the season,” Nadal said Sunday.
Jokes aside, Nadal begins his European clay season Wednesday against either Frenchman Gilles Simon or Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili.
“In the last eight to nine years I had positive results here and I was able to win a lot of matches and compete for the best tournaments of this clay-court season,” Nadal said. “That makes the situation a little special for me every time I come back to these tournaments because they are tournaments where I really feel I have great memories and I enjoy. All the tournaments I’m going to play in this next month-and-a-half, I love it. I feel comfortable in every city, in every tournament.”
Nadal’s clay schedule takes him to Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and then the French Open. Last year the Spaniard won three of the four, losing only in the Monte Carlo final to No. 2 Novak Djokovic.
“This is an important time of the season for everybody,” Nadal said. “Three Masters 1000, one Grand Slam and one 500. There’s a lot of points in the period of [two months].”
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