King of clay Rafa Nadal at home in Rome

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King of clay Rafa Nadal feels at home in Rome.
Ever since the world no.1 first came to Foro Italico nine years ago he has had a special connection with the Italian capital.
And after winning the Madrid Masters Nadal is targeting his eighth win at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.
The 27-year-old said: “I have always had a great feeling here in Rome since the first time I came here in 2005.
“That final was one of the bets memories I have had on the tour. I have had a good success here winning seven times and losing one final.
“I have played a lot of matches here – important ones for my career – this is a tournament I like.”
With the Italian Open a week before the French Open Nadal’s form will be scrutinised more than ever.
But the Spaniard is refusing to be drawn on the future, preferring instead to take things one step at a time.
He added: “I am very happy to be here. I do not think about Paris, I am interested only in being ready for Rome.
“Roland Garros is a very important tournament, but it is not the only tournament on the tour. I can not think about Roland Garros when I am playing in Rome.
“I am happy to be here and I play day-by-day. Now we are here in a historic tournament like Rome with the best players.
“I want to win everything like always in my career, nothing changes.”
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