Ambitious Nadal ready for clay season and set to achieve top results
Spain’s Rafael Nadal evaluated the first three months of his 2014 campaign at a press conference of Banc Sabadell today and looks forward to the clay season, where he is the big favorite to claim the most important titles. However, the World No. 1 said that great success in the past does not help him to win more titles on his favorite surface.
Mentally and physically in great shape, Nadal is satisfied with the first part of the 2014 year. “The season is going well, with two titles, and the final in Australia and Miami,” he said. “But without the defeat and injury in Australia it would have been exceptional.”
Nadal, elected new brand ambassador of Banc Sabadell, signed the partnership agreement with Josep Oliu, president of the Catalan bank, which is the title sponsor of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.
“I really look forward to the clay-season and want to do well. I hope to play well at the first tournament in Monte Carlo,” said Nadal, who praised the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell: “a great tournament, one of the most important ones of the calendar.”
Asked about the possibility of playing against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in the near future, Nadal said that he “can’t tell the future. I hope to play against him again because it means that I made it to the final, which always is a good result.”
Twenty-seven-years-old, Nadal is still motivated and hungry for titles. “You have to be happy with yourself and to achieve this happiness you must work hard. Once I am not motivated or ambitious anymore, I will look forward to doing something else. At the moment I am happy, but I know that I can’t play forever. We’ll see for how much longer. I hope for many more years,” he said.