World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has had a relatively disappointing start to the 2014 season, where he has been unable to defend many of his ranking points over the first four months on the ATP tour, thus affecting his overall confidence.
The Spaniard, who made a magnificent comeback in 2013, winning 2 Grand Slam titles and 5 Masters 1000 titles, has only managed two title wins so far this season, Doha and Rio de Janeiro. Apart from that, he lost the Australian Open final to Stanislas Wawrinka, the third round at Indian Wells, and runner-up in Miami. His most recent loss was a particularly surprising one, as he was ousted in the quarter-final round of the Monte Carlo Masters. Nadal, an eight-time champion in Monaco, had not lost before the finals at that event since 2003.
The top ranked Rafa believes that he has to deal with his issues this season, mainly his lack of confidence in important matches. The confidence issues began back in Melbourne, where Nadal lost to the Swiss No. 1 in a surprising final. While Nadal thinks the situation “is what it is,” he is convinced that he will find a way to overcome his adversities.
“I started the season OK except for some lack of confidence and competitiveness in important moments of certain matches.” Nadal said.”I’ve faced adversities throughout my career, and this is just another one.”
The Spaniard is scheduled to compete at the Barcelona Open, which began on Monday afternoon and runs until Sunday, April 27.