Rafael Nadal takes on Jeremy Chardy on Thursday as he looks to send a message out at the Italian Open.Nadal has endured difficulty in his preparati
Rafael Nadal takes on Jeremy Chardy on Thursday as he looks to send a message out at the Italian Open.
Nadal has endured difficulty in his preparations for the French Open at the end of the month, failing to win any of his five tournaments since his Australian Open final defeat in January,
The Spaniard still remains amongst the favourites for the Roland Garros showpiece at the end of the month, but Nadal needs to up his form if he is to claim the title in Italy.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are also taking part in the clay court tournament, but Nadal was warned that the dominance of the trio could be coming to an end.
“Roger is 37 years old, I am almost 33, Novak is 32,” Nadal said.
“Winning everything we have won in the last 14 or 15 years is something that does not happen much in the history of tennis, which means it’s complicated.”
Nadal admitted that he needs to up his game if he is to take the title, but dismissed claims that he has been playing badly.
“I have a lot of work to do, I have Chardy or Richard Gasquet at my premiere, this is my picture, everything else does not matter to me now,” Nadal added.
“I feel good, it’s true that I have not won titles on clay.
“But for example in 2015 I won in Buenos Aires and right now I feel much better than that year, sometimes winning a title does not make much difference.
“It’s true that I lost a couple of tournaments, but it’s also true that I was close to winning.
“I did not play well enough to win, but I did not play that bad either.”
Rafael Nadal vs Jeremy Chardy live stream – how to watch
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