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Rafa Nadal was proud of his performance at the Rome Masters – even though he couldn’t quite make it a record eight tittles.
Nadal was beaten by Novak Djokovic in the final at Foro Italico but has taken heart from what was a tough week for the world no.1.
He said: “Novak is one of the best in the world and is playing great. I played well at times, but my legs didn’t answer after a tough week. I can do better, but I am also proud about this week.”
Playing three sets in his opening two games and then the final, Nadal admitted he was running on empty.
There is no time for him to relax just yet though with Roland Garros around the corner.
He added: “I have to start to think about around Garros.
“My chances to play there two weeks ago we’re not high, I will arrive there now better than what I felt a few weeks ago.
“This week in Rome was hard, emotionally, mentally and physically. But I will keep working hard like I have done all my career.
“I think this week was important for me, I win 600 hundred points, I played a final here which is a good result.
“I was able to compete good with one the best player of the moment, I played well against tough opponents like Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov.
“If you ask me about Paris, my feelings are better now than a week ago, playing the clay season every week was little bit better for me and now I hope to feel ready for that.”