Sport 'Ready to play well at Roland Garros' says Rafael Nadal brushing off recent loss in Rome

15:50  25 may  2017
15:50  25 may  2017 Source:   International Business Times

Rafael Nadal loses first match on clay this season to the inspired Dominic Thiem

  Rafael Nadal loses first match on clay this season to the inspired Dominic Thiem Spaniard had won 17 matches in a row on clay in 2017.Austrian Thiem had pushed Nadal hard in the final of Madrid last week, and went one better by playing at a consistently high level to record a 6-4 6-3 win over the favourite. A break of serve in each set was enough for the right-hander, who pulled off some, at times, brilliant shots. One backhand winner from the back of the court with Nadal at the net was especially memorable.

Top 5 : Rafael Nadal at Roland - Garros . To say that loss shook the clay courts to their foundations would be an understatement, firstly because nobody saw Soderling coming, and secondly because Nadal was seemingly unbeatable on his beloved surface, as the long winning runs that came either

For the past 10 years Rafael Nadal has been virtually unbeatable at Roland Garros , but that could all If Nadal 's loss to Murray was confirmation that things were not quite going to plan, his failure to reach the latter stages in Rome means he will likely miss out on a top-four seeding for Roland Garros .

Rafael Nadal © Getty Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal has brushed off his loss in the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters as just a blip and eased concerns ahead of his attempt to win his 10th French Open title at Roland Garros this year.

The Spaniard has has made a sensational start to the 2017 season having struggled with injuries in 2016. Nadal has made six finals in the nine tournaments he has played and won three titles on clay – Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid – leading up to the French Open that starts on 28 May.

The 14-time men's singles Grand Slam champion was the favourite to take the title at the Rome Masters but suffered a shock defeat to Dominic Thiem in the last eight of the tournament. Nadal admitted after the loss that playing back-to-back matches and tournaments for over three months, it was one day when he was not perfect and did not have his best game.

'One day you don't feel perfect' says Rafael Nadal after loss to Dominic Thiem in Rome

  'One day you don't feel perfect' says Rafael Nadal after loss to Dominic Thiem in Rome Thiem ended Rafael Nadal's 17-match winning streak on clay in 2017.The Spaniard had won the last three tournaments in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid and was the favourite to win the ongoing Rome Masters. However, he succumbed to Thiem 6-4, 6-3 in the quarter-finals. It was third time lucky for the Austrian, who had lost to Nadal in the finals in Barcelona and Madrid.

Rafael Nadal trains at Roland Garros before the 2016 French Open. Take, for example, Rafael Nadal 's play on clay courts. On the terre battue, he's arguably been better than anyone on their best surface.

WELL -DESERVED BREAK: Nadal has said he will take a small break before he starts preparing for the Roland Garros . PHOTO: AFP. ROME : Austria’s Dominic Thiem sent Rafael Nadal crashing out of the Rome Masters on Friday with a 6-4, 6-3 quarter-final victory, ending the Spaniard’s

Nadal has welcomed the rest days he has had after his exit from the tournament in Italy and confirmed that he is ready to 'play well' at Roland Garros. Despite the defeat against Thiem, the nine-time French Open champion remains the firm favourite to make it 10 titles in 13 appearances.

"I have been spending energy for many days, I went through tense moments and I played every match at a very high level. I have not been spending four days in a row at home for a long time, and so resting can be helpful," Nadal said, as quoted by Tennis World USA.

"No one won four titles before Roland Garros, or at least I never did it. Then things can go well or bad, but I think I am ready to play well at the Roland Garros. I know I have been working well for many months and now it comes the moment to do the last effort," the Spaniard added.

Nadal labels Basilashvili win one of his best .
After racing through his third-round match with Nikoloz Basilashvili, Rafael Nadal was delighted with his performance at the French Open.Rafael Nadal labelled his 6-0 6-1 6-0 destruction of Nikoloz Basilashvili at the French Open on Friday as one of the best matches he has played in his distinguished career.

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