Tennis-Nadal heads to Roland Garros with confidence and a clear mind
(Reuters) - After Rafa Nadal warmed up in style for the French Open in the Rome Masters final against world number 1 Novak Djokovic on Sunday, he said he would look for a 21st place with confidence and a clear mind Grand Slam to Rolland Garros travel title.
The 34-year-old Nadal defeated the Serb 7: 5: 1: 6: 6: 3 and won a record-breaking 10th ATP Masters 1000 title in Rome. His game improved over the week.
Eliminated in the quarter-finals at Masters 1000 events in Monte-Carlo and Madrid, Nadal said he would rest a few days at home before traveling to Paris to defend his title.
"I think I can work on a few things that I can do a little better, or I can keep confirming that I'm on the road," he told reporters on Sunday.
"I think I have improved myself this week, but I have to keep doing this improvement because as you improve and do it longer each day, you will feel more confident and confident.
"So I just have to move on. I know what I have to work on in the next few weeks, and I will."
The victory in Rome allowed Nadal Djokovic to achieve a record of 36 ATP Masters 1000 trophies, but it wasn't all easy to sail. The Spaniard had to save two match points against the Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the third round.
"On the 10th I really wanted this 10th here in Rome. It was one of the first important titles I won in my career," said Nadal. "After getting 10 in Roland Garros, 10 in Monte-Carlo, 10 in Barcelona, I really wanted this one.
"I've been through a lot of things during the week. Some positive moments, some great moments, some happy moments, suffering moments. In the end, I think I've played a very solid week of tennis, it's the right moment to win an important title . ""
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Berhampore, India; editing by Peter Rutherford)
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