For Rafael Nadal, 2015 won’t go down as the best season of his career. After sitting out much of 2014 with injuries, the world no.9 feels like he’s getting closer to the level he’s become accustomed to.
The King of Clay has only won three titles this season: Buenos Aires, Stuttgart and Hamburg—a recent win that he is especially happy with.
“It was a very positive week in Hamburg,” said Nadal in a press conference on Sunday. “It’s one of the weeks that I’m the most satisfied with. Even if I had some ups and downs, psychologically, I was solid. I hadn’t been able to do that this year. That’s how it should always be.”
The 14-time Grand Slam winner was in a similar situation in 2013 when he came back from a serious injury. But back then, Nadal had one of the best seasons of his career, with 10 titles including two Grand Slams and a 75-7 record.
“After my injury in 2012, it was practically a miracle for me,” said Nadal about his 2013 comeback. “This season, I had my moments—matches that I should have won but lost. I had the chance to feel good again. But I accept what happened.”
He added: “This year, physically, I feel good. I’m very positive, especially after my week in Hamburg.”
Back to 2005
Montréal will always have a special place in Rafa’s heart: in 2005, he won the very first hard court title of his career at STADE IGA with a win over none other than Andre Agassi.
“It’s good to come back to Montréal,” he said. “The tournament will always be a memorable one for me. […] It was a great final with a lot of long, aggressive points. That match will always be special.”