Fifth seed Rafael Nadal, who faces a second round clash with Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Rome Masters on Wednesday, has said he is confident of doing well at an event he has dominated in the past.
Nadal has won the tournament seven times, the last of his victories coming in 2013, with world number one Novak Djokovic having won in the Italian capital for the last two years.
Kohlschreiber has played Nadal 14 times in his career and lost 13 times, with six of those defeats occurring on clay courts.
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) May 9, 2016
In an interview on Tuesday, Nadal said he was totally focused on facing Kohlschreiber in Wednesday’s late game and was not thinking about a potential quarter-final clash with Djokovic.
“I’m not playing Novak tomorrow. I’m going to play against (Philipp) Kohlschreiber. He’s playing great. He won in Munich couple of weeks okay and played semi-finals in Barcelona too,” Nadal said.
“He’s playing well and he’s a very good player on clay. I am worried about that now.”
The Spanish star has been in decent clay court form of late, winning in Monte Carlo and Barcelona but losing in the semi-final of the Madrid Open to Andy Murray.
“My game is good, three tournaments, two victories (Monte Carlo, Barcelona), one semi-final. Tough tournaments, good victories, good matches,” added Nadal.
“If I’m not happy now, I don’t know when I gonna be happy.”