Rafael Nadal Talks About Mental Strength Ahead of French Open 2019

Ruben Hill
May 22, 2019

But that match helps, as I said, to find a way and to see myself better in terms of possibilities to keep improving. Dominic Thiem is playing some really, really good tennis.

World number two, Rafael Nadal, who turns 33 in June, celebrated his ninth Italian Open title defeating world number one Novak Djokovic 6-0 4-6 6-1 in the Italian Open final in Rome.

"Nadal the No 1 favourite, without a doubt, and then everyone else", he said. He won all six games in bageling Djokovic 6-0.

But Djokovic hung around in the second and converted his first set point when a looping forehand from Nadal sailed wide for his first break of the match.

Djokovic - victor at the Madrid Open last week - gave an error-strewn display in his 54th meeting with second-ranked Nadal, having spent six hours on court in his previous two matches. However, this was the first time when the Spaniard sealed a set without giving any chance to Serb in their neck-to-neck encounters.

As the players head to the Grand Finale of the Claycourt season, Djokovic will be seeded first and Nadal second. Djokovic was unsuccessful with overhand smashes. "Have the chance to win again here in Rome is unique". Nadal looks in good touch after the Italian Open 2019.

Remarkably this was Nadal's first won clay in 2019 and first win on the ATP Tour since beating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-2, 7-6 in the final of the Rogers Cup a year ago in Toronto.

2 also broke a tie with Djokovic by claiming a record 34th ATP Masters 1000 crown.

It should be no surprise that Nadal is the clear favorite to win the French Open, which starts Sunday in Roland Garros.

Moreover, winning a tournament on clay right before the French Open is sure to hand him the much-needed confidence boost.

In the women's quarterfinals, we had Pliskova and Vondrousova from Czech Republic, Johanna Konta of Great Britain, Netherland's Bertens, Greek Maria Sakkari, France's Mladenovic, and Azarenka from Belarus. "After a lot of years here, I know what happened last week, and I going to try to do it better tomorrow".

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