Rafael Nadal will make a beeline for the home comforts of his island home of Mallorca after lifting a record 10th trophy on Sunday at the Rome Masters.
The world No. 3 who has set a new standard for success at the Foro Italico will keep growing pressure for an unheard-of 14th title at Roland Garros when the clay court major starts in a fortnight.
Nadal took No. 10 in Rome 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 over longtime rival Novak Djokovic , winning an epic lasting almost three hours on his second match point.
Now, it’s down time in the Balearics for the 35-year-old who celebrates a birthday on June 3.
“Roland Garros is always a very special place for me. Everybody knows that probably is the most important place in my tennis career,” Nadal said.
“I need to go back home, I need to rest a little bit. I’ve played a lot of hours this week.
“It will be a couple of days off and then we start working. I can do a little bit better and keep confirming that I’m on the way.”
The 20-time Grand Slam champion added: “I’ve been improving this week, but I need to keep going with that improvement, because … it’s more confidence and you feel more safe.
“You want to do it in the next tournament. I just need to keep going. I know what I need to work on and I’m gonna do it.”