Acapulco, Guerrero, February 25, 2018. The favorite, Rafael Nadal, returned to Abierto Mexicano Telcel, presented by HSBC.
He offered his first press conference in which he said he wasn’t focused on being the winner but focused on being competitive, as well as enjoying the celebration and the warmth of the public on the 25th anniversary of this event.
“I do not think or feel like a favorite to win the tournament, I do not have that inner pressure, I come to play, I have trained three hours daily. I’ll try my best, sometimes things go right or wrong and one must go prepared to accept both things, but at this point there is no pressure, but the personal demand to do things well, “he said.
The 31-year-old Spaniard is happy because he will play for the fourth time in Acapulco, he mentioned he has a special care for the 2005 and 2013 editions because he came from important injuries and even these situations were not an obstacle to win the crown of those competitions.
“In general I have good memories, the 2013 had a special value more than any other because they were many months without being able to compete, so I arrived with many physical problems, but winning that tournament was a starting point is in my heart and was very important in my career in general”.
Nadal pulled out from the Australian Open´s quarterfinal against Marin Cilin for a grade one injury in the iliopsoas of his right leg that forced him to be three weeks out of activity, now he is back to the first round of Acapulco´s tournament against Feliciano Lopez.
“We try to overcome adversity, if the body responds I am happy that at 31 years of age it is good and competitive enough,” he said.
Currently, Roger Federer is number one in the ranking of the ATP, after dethroning Nadal, but the Spaniard said he will play and be at its best in each tournament he plays.
“Neither he nor I fight for the number one, I never think if now he is number one, we have found ourselves once again because the results have been very good, but the important thing is to play and be at the level,” he said.