Rafael Nadal you downplay his chances of a record 14th place French Open title, but said he would not be in Paris if he thought it was impossible.
The 36-year-old tennis player says he has never felt less prepared for his favorite tournament after suffering a rib injury and a chronic foot problem after winning the tournament. Australian Open.
“I don’t think these problems will go away in two weeks, but that’s not the goal. It is important to know if they will not be too strong. and if they give me a chance to win here,” said the EFE tennis player.
“I have to accept the situation, make the necessary efforts, and have options to compete without speculating, to face things as they come. I don’t know how much Roland Garros I have left to play, the opportunities are finite and they need to be used,” he said.
Nadal doesn’t feel like a favorite to win
“If you look at the results, you will see that I’m not a favorite. But that never bothered me. When everyone said that I was the favorite, I did not consider myself the favorite, I saw myself as one of the candidates
I have always seen it this way. I was a candidate because I already won. But today I don’t think I’m the favorite. Then we’ll see what happens,” he said.
“Unfortunately, I did not come with proper preparation, and this interrupted the line of the beginning of the season, violated it. In sports, things can change quickly and I have to be ready for this change.
There are players in better shape than me, there is no doubt about it. But in Australia, I put myself in front of a choice, and here everything is different. I believe in my abilities, in my daily work,” he said.
Nadal could face Djokovic and Alcaraz
He admitted that the draw was not the best, he was in the same part of the draw as Novak Djokovic, the world No. 1 and defending champion, whom he will face in the quarterfinals, as well as Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, his potential opponent. in the semi-finals and who left him out Madrid Open.
“It’s a difficult draw, but mentally I’m not worried. Coming in this form, I would have preferred another draw. But I’m humble enough to think that now I can only focus on my first opponent, Australian Jordan Thomson.