• Nadal seeking third title in Madrid

    5/5/13 7:36 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Nadal seeking third title in Madrid World No. 5 Rafael Nadal is back on court for the second week of May, as the ATP World Tour makes a stop in Madrid, Spain for the Mutua Madrid Open. The Barcelona champion will be looking to win his 5th title of the season.

    World No. 5 Rafael Nadal makes his return to competition after sealing a championship run over compatriot Nicolas Almagro in Barcelona. The 26-year-old Spaniard is set to make his 11th appearance at the Mutua Madrid Open, where he took home top prize in 2005 (def. Ljubicic) and 2010 (def. Federer).

    “I think I can play better than what I have until now,” Nadal assessed. “The results are difficult to get better, but the way I played in Monte Carlo and Barcelona could be better, yes. But here we're to keep on trying to do better and keep on fighting to have the opportunities to be competitive.

    “I didn’t expect to play much better than what I have after so much time without training or competing or anything. For me it's a great surprise to have had such great results so far, so I keep on working day after day."

    Nadal headlines a tricky quarter of the draw that includes (4) David Ferrer, (11) Nicolas Almagro and (13) Tommy Haas. Additional players in the same section are Fabio Fognini, Mikhail Youzhny, Tobias Kamke, Andreas Seppi, Tommy Robredo, Xavier Malisse and Marcos Baghdatis.

    “I don't see myself as winner. Not me really,” Nadal explained. “Before starting a tournament I don't see myself as a winner. I just feel myself to be competitive and I just want to give myself the opportunity to be able to fight and to be in a good position to fight until the final rounds.

    “I don't have more pressure here than anywhere else. It's just another tournament. I like to play at home. I like the feeling of playing here, playing in front of my people here, my audience. The more matches that I win, the more time I will have to feel that feeling.”

    After a first-round bye, Nadal is slated to begin his run against either France’s Benoit Paire or qualifier Joao Souza.

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Can't wait to see Rafa on court again. I hope he's sorted out not losing his serve early in the first set as he's been doing lately.

Vamos Rafa

nadline , 5/5/13 9:21 PM

Go for the 7th final Rafa...... hopefully u can bite another trophy again...

tettylds , 5/6/13 7:24 AM

It will be great to see Rafa back on the court again in Madrid!

Good luck, Rafa!

Nativenewyorker , 5/6/13 7:28 AM

Finals are no good...Hope he wins Madrid this time!

atul1985 , 5/6/13 1:39 PM

couldn't he lose all the other matches and win the finals? (wait a minute....)

Shireling , 5/6/13 4:20 PM

Rafa plays Paire tomorrow. Paire beat Joao Souza 61 76.

nadline , 5/7/13 3:05 PM

despite Rafa's slow start in Barcelona he still beat him in straight sets.
Plus, this time he'll know what to expect.

Shireling , 5/7/13 3:57 PM

just read another interview in which Rafa says that he still can't play without him thinking about his knees.
This makes me think of him as a motogp bike with bad grip... poor Rafa :(

Shireling , 5/7/13 4:34 PM

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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