Nadal sets eyes on ninth Barcelona crown
World No. 1 Rafael arrived at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona today and immediately started a training session together with his uncle Toni Nadal, focusing on his forehand for one hour and thirty minutes.
For the first time in almost ten years, Nadal has more time on his hands to prepare for the Barcelona tournament after losing to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the Monte Carlo quarter-finals.
“I am very happy to be back in Barcelona. I feel great physically and look forward to playing soon,” said Nadal after the training session on Court 18. The 27-year-old will start his bid for the record ninth title in the Catalan capital on Wednesday, facing the winner of the match between Albert Ramos and Nikolay Davydenko.
Nadal’s big plans in Barcelona have not changed. On Monday he will attend the press conference before he gets ready for a photo opportunity with Ferrer at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.