Rafael Nadal, as many times in his career, is suffering from injury problems. What is interesting is that he compared his body to an 'old machine' "When you're six weeks without touching a racket and having the chance to move your body...
my body is like an old machine. "To put this machine on again it takes some time. It's not the same when you're 19 than when you are almost 36, with all the issues I went through in my career. "You need to build again the confidence, your movements, then you start feeling comfortable with your tennis.
It's more about being confident with my movements, recover the speed, recover the way that I have to play on clay and let's see. "I'm confident that I can play well. I need time, but maybe this week can be a positive week, maybe not.
Who knows?" He expects to return on May 22 at the French Open. "That's my goal... I didn't have another chance to approach this clay-court season with the things I went through," he said. "I'm going to give myself a chance and we'll see what's going on."
Rafael Nadal on Carlos Alcaraz
Rafael Nadal also decided to praise Carlos Alcaraz, who is in phenomenal form, and who beat Zverev in the final. "First, I think he is young, he is new and all the new things are much more interesting than older things.
"Without a doubt, when you see a new car, always looks better. When you see a new phone, always looks better than the old ones. So, it's something that is normal in this life. I can't complain at all about that. At the same time, I am happy to have somebody like him from my country achieving all the things that he is achieving.
Of course, at my age, when you start having more problems than what you can manage, of course it is tough. Body issues, pains, you can manage that. The problem is when you start to feel that with all the things that's going through your body, you can't be competitive enough to fight for the things that really keep exciting you."