Carlos Alcaraz , lost at Madrid Open 2022

Carlos Alcaraz , lost at Madrid Open 2022

 The world number 4 suffered a rib injury six weeks ago and is competing for the first time since Taylor Fritz ended a perfect start to the 2022 season in the BNP Paribas Open final, Indian Wells. "In that tournament I have played three matches and I arrived here with minimal preparation, not even prepared. That's the reality," said Nadal. 

"I stated that before arriving here it was going to be a tough week, even though I lost to one of the fittest players in the world without a doubt, I even got my chance." "I've played for 2 hours 30 minutes (against Alcaraz) and three games. That's a positive result. From this point onwards, I'll just stare at it optimistically and I'm happy. We'll see what happens. You have to believe." The 35-year-old, five-time Madrid Open winner, beat Miomir Kecmanovic and David Goffin en route to the quarter-finals. However, he was unable to match the intensity of compatriot Alcaraz with the third seed praising his juniors ahead of the French Open. 

"He was better than me in some aspects of the game and some aspects of the game. I have to grow. I just accept it naturally, calmly, and the assurance that there is a way to go.” "It was a pretty easy defeat in that regard, because we know what we can expect here. Congratulations to him. He is playing superbly and I wish him all the best for the rest of the tournament." When it comes to returning to ATP tournament action in style, the Spaniard is the expert with this season's Australian Open win being an example after he missed the second half of the 2021 season with a foot injury. 

The tennis player who has won 21 Grand Slam titles is looking forward to using the experience to rebuild his momentum and fitness in the next month. "You only recover in a few days and with the game, like yesterday, like the first day, like today. That's the reality," Nadal said. 

"From now on, you just have to continue on that path with consistent determination, with the right determination. You know that when you come from a period like mine, you have to accept some things and just go with that determination because we have bigger targets than any sadness I might experience because of a defeat."
"Honestly, my only dream is to be in Paris healthy enough and physically fit enough to compete at the highest level possible.

 If that happens, I know it's a tournament I've played very well on many occasions throughout my career. I know the place very well and why don't I compete again and give myself one more chance. It would be a dream for me.”

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