Stomach disease will not stop Nadal from the start in Madrid

MADRID: Five-time Champion Rafael Nadal Recognized That He Will Count On His Physical Reserves When He Makes His Madrid Open Start Wednesday As He Recovers From A Stomach Virus.

The Second Part Gets His Campaign For A Sixth Madrid Title In The Pile With A First Introduction To The Fast-Rising Teenage Girl From Canada Felix Augur-Aliassime , In The Second Round.

The Spaniard, Turning 33 Next Month Roland Garros , Said That While He May Not Be 100 Percent For The Match, He Will Go In Fighting.

" I've Been Going Through A Virus. The Positive Side Is: I've Been Able To Train At Least An Hour-and-a-half," Nadal Said.

" I Hope That Tomorrow Is Going To Be A Bit Better, I'm Going To Improve.

" I'm A Bit Better Than Yesterday And Yesterday Was Better Than The Day Before."

But The 17-time Grand Slam Winner Warned:" It's True When You Have This Virus And Stomach Viruses, The Body's A Bit Weaker.

" There Is A Bit More Risk Of Injury. But Of Course, This Is A Very Important Tournament For Me And I Hope To Be Ready.

" Hopefully The Virus Is Not Going To Affect My Performance Or How I Should Play Tomorrow."

Nadal Said That While He Would Have Loved To Have Arrived In Capital With Titles In His Pocket, The Lack Of Them Is Hardly A Crisis; He Lost In Semi-finals In Monte Carlo And Barcelona, ​​two Events Where He Was Defending Titles.

" I Want To Try My Best, Look At The Positive Things And Go Step By Step," He Said.

" Barcelona (where He Lost Van Dominic Thiem ) Was A Positive Improvement For Me. I'm Feeling Better Now Than Then - I'm On The Right Path.

" I'm Building Up My Game With More Confidence Than I Had In Monte Carlo. I Enjoy Training And I Enjoy Playing Every Day.

" This Is A Very Important Step For Me."