Rafael Nadal: I’m Ready To Win Titles, But I’m Not The Favorite Yet To Win The French
by Tom Gainey | April 3rd, 2017, 4:30 pm

Rafael Nadal suffered his fourth straight loss to Roger Federer yesterday in the Miami Open final. It was also his fifth straight runner-up at the event and third of the season. But the former No. 1 is happy with his first quarter of the season despite not winning a crown.

“I think I am close to what I need to be,” Nadal said. “I am at a very high level of tennis and I believe I am ready to win titles. I already played three finals this year, losing three times with a player that didn’t lose a match – only one match that he never would lose in normal conditions in Dubai and that’s it.

“I’m playing enough well to fight for everything I think. I have good hopes that I going to be ready for Monte-Carlo. Always when I am playing that well, on clay always helps a little bit more for me. I need to work hard to be ready for that. If I am ready for that, I think I am very excited about playing back on clay again.”

Nadal, though, says he still has work to do before he can be called the favorite to win in Paris.

“I don’t know if I am a candidate yet to winning the French Open,” Nadal said. “Remain four tournaments before the French Open. Let’s see what’s happening in those four tournaments. Then in the French Open we’ll see who’s the player who won more matches before and then we’ll see.

“My goal is feel myself ready to play on clay again, and I know if I have good preparation and I have healthy transition to the clay and I find my rhythm on clay, I know I can be one of those candidates.”

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5 Comments for Rafael Nadal: I’m Ready To Win Titles, But I’m Not The Favorite Yet To Win The French

monterey Says:

Man, Evgeny Donskoy must be smiling somewhere now. Something to tell his grandchildren one day.

What the hell happened that day in Dubai anyway? Walkabout? Two MPs in 2nd set TB and up 5-2 in 3rd set and he was leading in 3rd set TB as well. Crazy.

I remember that Montreal final a few years back. Fed was up 5-1 on Tsonga in the third set and he lost it. Tsonga also came back from two sets down at Wimbledon one year against Fed too.

Even the great ones mess it up badly sometimes.

Leo Says:

Agreed. Evgeny Donskoy must be the most ‘coolest’ guy man on ATP.

Admire Nadal’s attitude. Just keeps believing. Bodes well for him and his fans.

Aced out Says:

Nadal is favorite to win the French Open I’d say. After his performance on hard courts he should surely be the favorite, assuming he doesn’t get injured again.

the_mind_reels Says:

Fed losing to Donskoy might be the best thing that’s happened to Fed all season since it meant he had a little more time off to rest and prepare for IW/Miami. Given how much the Sunshine Double took out of him — evidenced by his own comments post-match on Sunday and the fact that he’s basically taking the next two months off — he may not have had the energy to push through his last couple of very tough matches in Miami if he’d gone deep in Dubai and maybe even won that title.

I think he’d happily trade a Dubai win for the Miami title (and one earned over Nadal).

naderer Says:

I believe if hard courts continued post Miami, and Nadal participated, I’m inclined to say Roger would forgo his rest (while on a peak) to administer rebalancing the skewed f2f against Nadal.

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