After his first win in six months last week in a Barcelona marathon victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas, Rafael Nadal returns as the home favorite this week in Madrid. But due to the altitude, he’s only won the Madrid clay version of the event four times and just once in his last five tries.
“Is the most difficult event for me, everybody knows,” Nadal said. “But at the same time is one of the most emotional events for me, playing at home. We gonna have a chance to play with crowd again. So that means a lot to me.
“In terms of tennis is true that here the situation is a little bit tougher,” he said. “Less control, more difficult to be under control in the points.
“But I had some success here, yeah. I won a couple of times. I had some good tournaments. So I’m excited to be back and I hope to be ready to play well. That’s the main thing.”
The top-seeded Nadal faces a tough road with budding countryman Carlos Alcaraz possibly in his opener, Jannik Sinner in the third round, Alexander Zverev in the quarters and Dominic Thiem in the semifinals.
“My mindset is always the same: arrive to a tournament, have the right preparation, and try to be ready to compete at the highest level since the beginning.”
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