Reached three finals in three tournaments, two titles added to his tally, Rafael Nadal has effectively managed its season. However, the world No. 1 is not always apparent sovereign in its performance, leaving it unclear at the time of the calendar tends to harden. And fate has not spared in Indian Wells.
After a few days off to Cancun, the attacks are back for the first Masters 1000 of the season. Immortalized in mosaic walls Indian Wells, near the Stadium 1 Rafael Nadal has left its mark on the California tournament in the past, adding his name in the history of the place for the third time last year, after a victory ultimate on Juan Martin Del Potro.
A title which then marked the real return to business Nadal. “It was a great thrill for me to win again on hard and a Masters in 1000 after a long absence (a month earlier, he returned to competition in Vina del Mar after seven months of convalescence, ed.) This gave me all the energy needed to continue to fight, with the belief that I could be competitive again. I will never forget what happened here last year, “dixit Nadal clearly moved to find the desert of Riverside.
Since his last visit, the Spaniard has come a long way, taking its place as world No. 1 by winning two including Major ( Roland Garros and the U.S. Open ). And the person has not wavered in 2014, adding two tournaments in his hunting – those of Doha and Rio – to an unfortunate end to the Australian Open. A lost match against Stanislas Wawrinka leaves bitter child of Manacor. “I’m still very disappointed, he whispers, backed by ATP. Worst is not lost, but that we can not win.” An allusion to the back injury that diminished during the final in Melbourne.
A Full-Bodied Table.
Rest with the exception of its probative Australian half before Roger Federer , Rafael Nadal had no great battles to fight this year in full possession of his faculties. In this Indian Wells appears as a real test for the circuit pattern, especially as the draw has not been favorable. After a tricky opening match against the Czech Radek Stepanek , the defending champion could find successively Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov he hardly tamed in Rio Gael Monfils and Fabio Fognini – recent winner of the tournament in Vina del Mar – in eighths Milos Raonic or Andy Murray in the quarterfinals, then Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka in half before the expected final against shock Novak Djokovic. Please!
No matter however for the Spaniard to leave in count. “The hardest game is always the first yet, like he was thinking. This is a Masters 1000 and the best players in the world are present. It is useless to project across a table until we have cleared the first hurdle ahead. I can lose against anybody and I accept it. This is sport.” Still, at the end of the California tournament, Rafael Nadal will probably what world No. 1 is. Inaccessible or prenable for competition.