Nadal ‘excited to be back’

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Rafael Nadal admitted he is ‘excited to be back’ at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, an event he described as ‘one of the most important tournaments in the world’.

The world No.2, who is a nine-time champion at the Foro Italico, spoke to media via a digital platform on Monday at the Italian Open which will be his first tournament since February when he won the title in Acapulco.

“Rome always is exciting. It’s one of the most important events in the world, without a doubt. And at the same time, of course will be not the same with no crowd and, you know, being in the bubble, not being able to enjoy a little bit the city. But at least we have a tennis tournament here in Rome, no? And that’s positive and I happy for that,” said the Spaniard.

Nadal will get his quest underway for a tenth title against compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta who reached the semi-finals at the US Open last week.

“I know I have a tough first round against Pablo. He’s playing great. So let’s see, no? Gonna be a good test. I’m excited about going back to the competition without big expectations, no? Expectation is always go on court today and try to feel myself competitive. That’s the first goal. Go on court, feel myself competitive, and then I will see how I feel and what kind of goals I can look for.”

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