Nadal’s focus shifts to European claycourt season

Nine-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal starts his preparation for the upcoming claycourt season with next week’s Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters event from 15-23 April.

The 30-year-old world number five will then also be playing in Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and should then be honed to attempt winning at Roland Garros for an astonishing tenth time and a 15th grand slam title.

Nadal has dominated at Monte-Carlo over the years, winning the tournament nine times and is the defending champion.

In an interview with IB3 TV, the Spaniard, who has been preparing in Monte-Carlo since Friday, said: "When you come back in a tournament where you have been so successful, memories are always special," said the Spaniard. 

"I would like to win in Monte-Carlo, and if I will be doing well, I will have my chances."

Then when asked about how he rated his chances at the French Open starting on 22 May, which he last won in 2014, he added that if he played well he always has a chance of winning.

"If I play well I will have chances to fight to win, otherwise I won't. It's simple, it's not about dreaming to win or not."

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