Rafael Nadal on Tuesday refused to dwell on his Monte Carlo quarter-final loss to Andrey Rublev, with the 11-time Barcelona Open champion preferring to look ahead to his chances of nabbing No. 12 at his home club.

“The conclusions were clear from the beginning,” the top seed who begins in the second round with Belarus qualifier Ilya Ivashka, said.

“Monte Carlo is past, and losses – even if they are not pleasant and positive – put everyone in his place.

“Doubts always arrive. But we are in Barcelona and of course there are things. to improve.”

Nadal is hoping to live up to his untouchable reputation on clay as he trains his sights on Roland Garros beginning a week late on May 30 due to the French COVID-19 situation.

And another trophy at Barcelona will help ease the way to Paris. “It’s easier to win at Roland Garros if you win tournaments earlier. My main objective is to find the way to win again.”

Nadal immediately finds his comfort zone at the real Club de Tenis in the upscale Sarria neighborhood of the Catalan capital.

“This has been my club since I was 13 years old, I’m always excited to play in Spain and even more so after last year it (no event held).

“The fact that there will be an audience (limited) is also important.”


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