Rafa happy after encouraging start to the season

He may not have any titles yet to show for his efforts this season, but Rafael Nadal believes he is close to rediscovering his best form.

The Spaniard has not won a Grand Slam tournament since 2014, but came very close at the Australian Open in January, losing to a resurgent Roger Federer in the final.

Nadal's form has definitely been on the up, leading to a notable improvement in his world ranking, which will help him in tournament draws going forward.

The World No 7 is preparing for his first match in Miami this week, where he is the fifth seed.

"I feel good. I have started the year well. In every match I felt that I performed well. Now I have another chance to do it and hopefully I will be ready," said Nadal.

Nadal has never won in Miami, losing in the final on four occasions, the most recent defeat coming in 2014.

While he would love to go one better, Nadal knows that victory in Miami is not everything, particularly with the clay court season coming up.

“Winning Miami is not an obsession," he said. "I would love to add Miami to my CV. The opportunities are not eternal, although I hope to have more in the future. I had four chances and in two of them I was very close. Normally, when you have those chances you have to take them.”
The left-hander added: "As everybody knows, the year is long and there are plenty of tournaments. Djokovic and Murray might not be here, but there are a lot of great players."