Nadal: "It was a perfect start, I played very solid"

The Spaniard believes that he made "a very serious game" in his debut in Rome against Carreño, whom he beat with a double 6-1. "I miss the public," he lamented.


Rafa Nadal has returned and has done it as if 200 days had not passed since his last game before the pandemic break. The Spaniard took the roller in his debut in the land of Rome against Pablo Carreño (double 6-1) leaving very good sensations.

"I played a good game, surely he is a little tired after his career in New York, where he played a great tournament. It was a perfect start, very solid, connecting good shots with both my forehand and backhand, and I didn't make too many unforced errors. It was a very serious game where I did a lot of things well, a fantastic game, you can't ask for more. Starting in this way has been an injection of positive energy, "said Nadal.

The Manacorian regretted the absence of public on the tracks of the Foro Italico imposed by the coronavirus pandemic: "The feelings are not the same as always. Playing without an audience, especially in a tournament like Rome, which is always very exciting ... I miss them (the viewers), honestly, it was all very strange. It is impossible to describe how necessary they are ".

"It was a very slow return, step by step, avoiding any type of injury to my body. The objective was to travel that path with the utmost prudence to arrive ready for the competition," Rafa said about his process of resuming activity. "It's a lot hotter than in May. The tracks are much faster, even at night. The ball was flying a lot, it was more alive," he added.

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