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Nadal: “I play in Acapulco because I love the tournament, not the number 1”

The Spanish referred to the struggle he has with Federer at the top of the ranking, said he was in top form and spoke about the Davis Cup.

The expectation is maximum in Mexico. Rafael Nadal returns to the city that saw him being a finalist last year and where he has reigned twice (2005 and 2013). The ATP 500 Acapulco 2018 tournament is dressed up to welcome the only player who at the moment seems to be able to overshadow Roger Federer. With his usual distended character and claiming that his position in the ATP ranking is not paramount for him, Nadal put the cards on the tables, calmed the alarmists and sent interesting messages.

Especially interesting is his forcefulness in answering on whether recovering the number 1 in the world has driven him to play in Mexico. “Neither Roger nor I have looked for that position, we have set up our calendars without thinking about it and the situations have taken us there if I am perfect and if not then I play in Acapulco because I love this tournament,” he said. a Rafa who made it clear that he was physically full.

 

“I’m training almost three hours a day, in addition to the gym, I try to be competitive whenever I play a tournament and it’s a pleasure to continue feeling that I can compete with more than 31 years.” Nadal will be accompanied in Mexico by Carlos Moya and Tomeu Silva , and did not hesitate to talk about what is meaning the absence of Toni Nadal in his technical staff. “My life has not changed much in that sense, the way I work now is something different, I can not be talking about Toni every week, I can not thank him for everything that has helped me but now I’m in another stage. always from the past, “said a Nadal who looks optimistically at the future.

“I do not feel that I should win the tournament because I am a favorite, I come here to give my maximum, the only pressure is the personal demand that I put on myself,” said the Spaniard. Questioned by his prediction about whether or not to play the Davis Cup tie against Germany from 6 to 8 April, the Manacor did not confirm or deny anything. “I can not plan things in months because I have to see how physically I am in. I will make the decision together with my team and the captain.”

Rafael Nadal will make his debut in the demanding ATP 500 Acapulco 2018 tournament against his compatriot Feliciano Lopez, in a match that promises strong emotions. It will be interesting to see how the Spaniard returns after the injury suffered in Australia and if he is able to remove the thorn that was stuck last year, when he fell in the final against Sam Querrey . Rafael looks for the first title in a 2018 as demanding as it is exciting.

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