World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is confidently anticipating the French Open.
Rafa defeated the likes of budding Bulgarian talent Grigor Dimitrov and British No. 1 Andy Murray en route to the final, but was unable to defeat his Serbian adversary, even though he had fought back to 3-3 in the decider. The Spaniard is proud of his achievements on Sunday and is more confident about the weeks ahead.
“I’m very proud about this week,” Nadal said. “I earned 600 [Emirates ATP Rankings] points. I was able to play in another final here. I was able to compete well against Novak, probably one of the best players of the moment. I was able to play well against tough opponents like Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov. “My feelings [about Roland Garros] are better now than one week ago. Each week of the clay season got better for me. I hope to be ready.”
While he may not have left Rome the victor, Nadal admits that he is “encouraged” by his performance and is looking forward to the coming weeks in Paris.
“I felt that Novak was pushing me and has a great talent to play inside the lines,” said Nadal. “I think this week is important for me. I won 600 points. I was able to play in another final here. I was able to compete well against one of the best players of the moment. I arrive to Roland Garros now more encouraged than how I felt a few weeks ago.”