Montreal Masters 2013: Rafael Nadal feels ready for hard-court season

Montreal Masters 2013: Rafael Nadal feels ready to adjust to hard courts as he gears up for first tournament since his Wimbledon exit

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Rafael Nadal in action on the hard courts of Montreal Photo: Marianne Bevis

Rafael Nadal insists he feels ready to adjust to hard courts as the Spaniard gears up for his first tournament since his shock Wimbledon exit at the Montreal Masters this week.

The 27-year-old was beaten by world No135 Steve Darcis in the first round at SW19 back in June and has not played a tournament since his surprise loss, which came just days after he won a record eighth French Open title.

However, Nadal is adamant that he has given himself enough time to prepare for the gruelling hard-court swing in the build-up to the US Open.

“I didn’t play a tennis tournament for the last seven weeks so that’s not the perfect preparation for one of the most difficult tournaments in the world, where the best players are,” said Nadal, who has been dogged by knee problems over the last 12 months.

“But I’m going to try my best, as I do in every tournament.

“I’ve only played one hard-court tournament in the last more than a year.

“I arrived here on Wednesday afternoon to adapt and adjust my game to this surface. It’s a tournament that I love and that’s why I arrived with a lot of time before the tournament, to be ready for the first round.

“I really enjoy being here. I’m just going to try my best in every practice to play well in the first round.”

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