Rafael Nadal admitted yesterday that he needs to get his game back into gear. Nadal, who is seeking a ninth Barcelona title, told media Monday that after an “OK” start to the season, he’s intent on taking his game to a higher level.
“I started the season OK except for some lack of confidence and competitiveness in important moments of certain matches,” Nadal said who suffered a shock quarterfinal loss last week to David Ferrer.
“I’ve faced adversities throughout my career, and this is just another one,” he added. “When one loses you need to recover fast and this is based on training and more training. You have to find what it is you want to do and try to play well again.”
Nadal will play the winner of the Nikolay Davydeko-Albert Ramos match on Wednesday. Davydenko is the only player in the Top 100 with a winning record over the Spaniard.
“I hope to play a good week,” he said. “It is very important to perform well here. For us, it is the most important ATP 500 event on the tour.
“All my rivals are dangerous. I always play a match knowing that I can either win or lose.”
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