Despite failing to win a title entering Rome for the first time since forever, Rafael Nadal is worried about where his game is at, that he made clear yesterday speaking in front of the media in Italy.
“I feel good,” Nadal said. “Is true that I didn’t win a title, but is true that my feeling is, for example, maybe in 2015 I won Buenos Aires, I think, but the feeling is much better.
“Sometimes winning a title or not doesn’t make a big difference, no? I didn’t win a title. It’s true I missed a couple of tournaments. At the same time is true that when I was playing, I was close to win it. I didn’t play enough good to win, but I didn’t play very bad. I am there.”
Nadal reminded the press that he’s made four straight tournament semifinals going back to Indian Wells and overall at least five semis in six events this year. And his losses have to been close.
“Is true that I lost a couple of matches that playing good probably I will win,” Nadal added. “But that’s how it works. If you don’t play enough good, then the opponent is good, too. The matches that I lost, I deserved to lose.
“Only one, my opinion, I deserved to win that I lost. Against Kyrgios in Acapulco. The rest of the matches I lost I deserve to lose.”
Nadal turns 33 in less than a month. And he’s also rumored to be getting married to longtime girlfriend Francesca Perella some time in June between the two Slams.
Nadal opens his bid for a ninth Rome title tomorrow against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy who finished off Richard Gasquet earlier today.
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