Rafael Nadal shrugged off any suggestion of a French Open disaster of confidence, insisting he had loved a “optimistic week” in Barcelona regardless of a dispiriting semi-final exit at a match he has received 11 occasions.
The Spanish nice slumped to a 6-4, 6-Four loss to Dominic Thiem on Saturday, only a week after he had been dethroned as Monte Carlo Masters champion by Fabio Fognini, additionally on the semi-final stage.
Saturday’s win was Thiem’s fourth on clay over Nadal who had by no means beforehand misplaced within the semis at Barcelona.
With simply 4 weeks to go till the beginning of Roland Garros, the place he’s the defending champion and an 11-time winner, 32-year-old Nadal says he has lastly come to life on his favorite floor.
“It’s been a really optimistic week,” the 17-time Grand Slam winner stated. “I got here from a whole lot of low moments in Monte Carlo. Right now was the primary day I felt actually assured on the clay, it’s my greatest match on the floor this yr. My confidence is again due to this week. I actually consider that I’ve made enhancements. This can be a good base to try to obtain my targets for the subsequent couple of weeks.”
Austrian third seed Thiem, who was defeated by Nadal within the 2018 French Open last, saved three break factors within the last sport on Saturday to ship his upset win.
Nevertheless, he didn’t wish to name the success his greatest ever on the dust.
“For certain, this was one in all my greatest wins on clay. It all the time requires an unbelievable efficiency to beat Rafa,” he stated. “It’s his greatest floor, he’s the perfect to ever play on it but when it’s my greatest, I don’t know.”
Thiem superior to a Sunday last in opposition to Daniil Medvedev, a 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 winner over Japan’s Kei Nishikori, a two-time Barcelona champion.
“This win doesn’t really feel totally different than my different ones in opposition to Rafa,” added Thiem who is just the second man after Novak Djokovic to have crushed Nadal on clay no less than 4 occasions. “It’s all the time very particular to beat him on clay or another floor.”
Nadal was optimistic about his instant future with Masters occasions in Madrid and Rome to return earlier than the beginning of Roland Garros.
“I loved the match, I’m feeling the best way I wish to really feel about my sport. I’m completely happy and I’m assured,” he stated.