After he had to postpone for Sunday’s scheduled press conference twice, joins Rafael Nadal on Tuesday, finally, in Madrid, in front of the media. Looking at the Spaniard, that he might still not be quite 100 per cent fit.

“I am on Sunday with a stomach virus, woke up and I still have a funny feeling”, explains to the locals the present. Positive was however, that he could train in the last two days. Nevertheless, Nadal is aware that the body is weakened in such a Situation, and the risk to injury is increased.

“Sometimes my words are Not to be displayed incorrectly”

only about his state of health, the 32-Year-old information. Also on the subject of salary differences between women and men, Nadal takes a position. “I’d like that women have the same opportunities and rights,” he says. In the end, it is not a question of gender, whether you “deserve” more or less, but a question of the quality of the work.

it is not the Spaniards, to taunt against the press. This is often more interested in a headline than what he is saying really. “Sometimes, my words are incorrect,” said the world number 2, has not been cited in the past to debate about the prize money distribution is correct.

more Difficult opponent for the opening

Subsequently, the Spaniard draws the focus back to the Sport. Although he failed to win since August of last year, no tournament, feels he has no pressure. “I’m here to give my Best,” says the five-time Madrid Champion, who stepped down last year in the quarter-finals. “It is an important tournament for me and I hope to be ready.”

After a bye in the start-round, Rafael Nadal meets on Wednesday in round 2 on the “difficult opponent” Felix Auger-Aliassime (18, ATP 30). (bir)