Nadal Happy With Barcelona Title, but Believes He Has Room to Improve Clay Game


By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Sunday April 25, 2021

Rafael Nadal claimed his 61st clay-court title on Sunday, and his twelfth in Barcelona, 6-4, 6-7(6), 7-5, over Stefanos Tsitsipas. It was a particular second for the 34-year-old Spaniard, however regardless of the victory, which was Nadal’s 87th ATP title, the King of Clay says he nonetheless has loads of room for enchancment on the clay.

“Nicely it is essential for me in fact, it is essential for my confidence,” he advised reporters, including: “I believe I’ve been capable of play higher and higher throughout the entire week, each single match and right this moment was a little bit bit higher than yesterday, and I believe I’ve room to maintain bettering. I imply, it was not excellent, I actually consider that I can play higher than what I’m doing on clay, and I actually hope that the victory of right this moment goes to assist me to lift a little bit little bit of the extent that I want right this moment to combat for the following couple of occasions that I’m going play.”

Nadal, who finishes the week with a outstanding 66-4 lifetime file on the Barcelona Open, says he’s desperate to proceed progressing on the Madrid Open, which can start subsequent week. Nadal owns a 52-12 file at Madrid with 5 titles, together with his final title coming in 2017.

He mentioned Madrid is the place the place he will get the largest assist from house followers, and he’s wanting ahead to enjoying in that environment at this yr’s occasion. Reportedly the event will likely be performed with attendance capped at 40 p.c capability.

“I’m tremendous blissful to be the place I’m right this moment, it is an essential achievement for me, and an essential achievement on the proper second of the season,” he mentioned. “One other week is coming, enjoying at house in Madrid, subsequent week, or per week after, and I’m enthusiastic about that, it is a event that has been so essential in my profession, with in all probability the very best assist of the group ever, and I’m excited to be again in Madrid and hopefully with some crowd, that is gonna assist.”


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