Rafael Nadal met the press yesterday in Doha where he reiterated that he’s not expecting much early on in his most recent comeback to tennis.
“The comebacks, at the beginning the feelings are not the best,” Nadal said. “At the beginning you need to suffer a little bit on court. You need to remember all the things that you make it well in the past to have success, and with hard work of every day, try to improve a little bit every day to find the rhythm, to find the way that you really want to play.
“My goals is try to be competitive in every tournament that I gonna play,” he added. “I know that to be competitive in every tournament I gonna play, hopefully not much, but I gonna need small period of time, I hope, hope will be small, because, as I said before, it’s difficult to be back playing against the best players, compete well from beginning is something that almost never happened. So I gonna try to make it as quick as possible, but it’s normal that I’m going to need some time.”
Nadal, who will play doubles today with Juan Monaco, cautioned that this comeback will be different than his remarkable return in 2013.
“The people remember my comeback of 2013, but the truth is I came back in a perfect situation for me and perfect conditions for me, not playing on hard conditions, on clay, 250 tournaments, better and possible for my recover my feelings.
“Today is a different story. The tournament is different. The surface is different. Is difficult to imagine something like happened few years ago.”
As defending champion, Nadal will open singles play on Doha against a qualifier in the Doha first round.
“I’m happy the way that I am. I need time prove, I know that, but that’s normal. But in general I think I am not that bad. I hope to be competitive soon.”
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