"Almost impossible to think of playing in Barcelona": Rafael Nadal says trajectory only pointing upwards ahead of Rome

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Wednesday, 08 May 2024 at 16:00
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As Rafael Nadal heads towards the next part of his farewell tour, it is only an upward curve for him and despite some ups and downs, it can be described as a world away from last month at the Barcelona Open.
Nadal spoke ahead of the Rome Open where he will play a qualifier in one of his most successful clay court tournaments in his career and the hope will now be to make the next stage of his progression towards Roland Garros. A tournament where he won't end his career but will be the big milestone. Especially after his stop start nature of his comeback thus far.
It hasn't been plain sailing at all and he isn't nowhere near his old level, but the burgeoning interest in the Spaniard and his final stand has seen many dreaming of one final fairytale. Albeit Nadal himself won't get too carried away.
“It's getting better and better, both myself physically and tennis-wise. I am here to give the best of myself. All matches are now more difficult and unpredictable for me than they were in the past, especially on clay. But the prospects are good if I continue to work the right way and if my body allows me to," said Nadal as per Lapresse.
"There are of course ups and downs, and it changes from one day to the next, I have had difficult times in Madrid, here too since my arrival, but my ‘curve’ is generally going up, it's obvious. I am happy with the level I am now, a month ago, it was almost impossible for me to be able to think of playing in Barcelona”

💪🔥 Rafael Nadal says his trajectory is looking positive, ahead of Rome: “It's getting better and better, both myself physically and tennis-wise. I am here to give the best of myself. All matches are now more difficult and unpredictable for me than they were in the past,…

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