Rafael Nadal has revealed that he is not thinking of the French Open just yet as he has business to take care of in the Italian Open, according to a report on the International Business Times.
The Spaniard dropped to number two in the world rankings after falling to a shock defeat to Dominic Thiem in the quarter-final of the Madrid Open.
The loss put an end to Nadal’s extraordinary form which had seen him win 50 consecutive sets on the clay surface.
However, he is keen to get back to winning ways in Rome and he knows that if he wins the event then he will reclaim the top spot on the world rankings from the currently inactive Roger Federer.
When speaking about his current mindset with Roland Garros approaching, Nadal said:
I never consider any one of these events like preparation for another one. Never approach it — no one event, Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, like an approach for Roland Garros.
Every tournament is very important for itself. And for me, even more. Because I have a great story on all these events. I won here seven times. And, for me, it’s very special always to play here in this tournament.
Nadal powered through his round of 32 match today 6-1 6-0 to book his place in the next round.