Q. You came from a quarter-final appearance in Rome. How can you create this result when you come to the French Open?
Rafael Nadal: I don’t know. I think it’s a very strange situation for everyone. The situation here is completely different than in Rome, isn’t it? The conditions for playing tennis in Rome were good. The conditions here are very, very strict. The weather is so, so cold. This makes it difficult for everyone. However, the conditions for playing outdoor tournaments are somewhat extreme.
Q. Novak Djokovic said in Rome that he felt he could hit you in the mud this time due to a lack of preparation for the conditions. What is your reaction to that?
Rafael Nadal: Yes, 100% true. I have always been able to hit on the clay. He has beaten me many times. But at the same time it is true that I had a lot of success on this page. The situation is special. The conditions here are probably the most difficult situation for me with so much different information from Roland Garros. The ball is completely different. The ball is super slow, heavy. Feeling very cold. Slower conditions, however, have been less than usual. But you know, I’m here to fight and to play with the highest intensity, to practice with the right attitude, to give me a chance. This is the main goal for me. Be competitive on Monday, and let’s try. Day by day. I know this place very well. Be patient, be positive, just trying to find positive vibrations every day.
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