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Rafael Nadal vows to fight hard and achieve victory at Barcelona Open – Hall Of Fame Magazine


Rafael Nadal vows to fight hard and achieve victory at Barcelona Open

Rafael Nadal, “The King of Clay,” vows to win his ninth title at the Barcelona Open this year. Rafa, who once dominated the Barcelona Open, is seen to be as one of the top challengers that the two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori will soon be facing in the said tournament.

With his recent success in Monte Carlo tournament where he captured his ninth Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters crown after defeating Gael Monfils and impressive semi-final victory against Andy Murray, one cannot help but ask about the revival of Rafa in the tournament scenes. Concerning confidence, the win over Monte Carlo ignited Rafa’s confidence in his beloved sport.

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“The victory here confirms that I am better and I am very happy… It’s been a very, very emotional week for me, a very important event,” Nadal said via atpworldtour. “Monte-Carlo is one of the most important places in my career without any doubt. To win again here after three years is so special for me.”

Such is not just a simple victory won by Rafa, for it was a triumph of morale, confidence which was in a way thwarted by Novak Djokovic back in 2013 of the same tournament.

His recent tournament success was evident enough of the high possibility that Rafa will achieve his ninth Barcelona Open title despite some fans and experts siding the current younger champion. Even Nishikori himself was cognizant of the great performance and the threat of Rafael Nadal in his favorite tournament.

“I saw a little bit of the Monte-Carlo final yesterday.” Nishikori said via atpworldtour. “It was a great match. I think Rafa is in great shape and he is playing great tennis again. It is going to be a tough match if Rafa and I play the final, but it will be a great week.”

But though the certainty of the emerging victor in the Barcelona Open is yet to be revealed, Rafa’s mentality and view as an athlete who “fight[s] hard to do well and achieve victories” will surely be exhibited in the final moments of the tournament.

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