Although Rafael Nadal retained his Madrid Masters title, he also admitted that he is still lacking the necessary confidence to perform at his best.
“I was blocked. There were some moments where, I don’t know, I couldn’t find myself,” said Nadal. “It wasn’t that I didn’t want to play or I was missing intensity, I was just mentally blocked.”
Nadal was victorious in the final against Kei Nishikori, he was clearly the lesser of the two competitors during the majority of the match, and admits that he woujld likely have lost the match had Nishikori not injured his hip.
Even Nadal’s uncle and coach was willing to admit that Nishikori deserved the title win on Sunday.
“We don’t deserve the victory, (Nishikori) deserves it, he played better than us the whole time,” Nadal’s uncle and coach Toni Nadal told Antenna 3 TV. “We had a lot of luck today. We didn’t really come back, he was hurt.”
While his 2013 season was a fantastic one, Nadal has only managed to win three titles so far this season, losing in the Australian Open finals, and in Indian Wells, Miami and Monte Carlo. His most recent loss was a historic upset in Barcelona, where he win streak snapped by Nicolas Almagro in the quarter-final round. He has not lost at that event since he was 15 years old.
Nadal is scheduled to take part in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, which began on Sunday. He will begin his campaign against Gilles Simon in the second round of the tournament.