Rafael Nadal: I feel mentally stable for the first time this year

Rafael Nadal says he has taken plenty of confidence from his Hamburg win ahead of the Montreal Masters

Rafael Nadal admits that he is finally feeling comfortable on court after an inconsistent start to 2015.

The Spaniard is preparing for the Montreal Masters event in Canada after having won the Hamburg Open on clay for the second time.

Mentally I was stable all week, something that I wasn’t able to do very often this season

Rafael Nadal

Nadal, 29, is now preparing for the hard-court season as he bids to end the year on a high and qualify for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.

And Nadal, who is the seventh seed in Montreal, concedes that he is feeling much more confident after his triumph in Germany earlier this month.

“It’s always about adapting your tennis,” said Nadal. “There’s a different way of hitting the ball, but at the end of the day it’s tennis.

“Hamburg had been a positive week for me. Mentally I was stable all week, something that I wasn’t able to do very often this season.

“My mental powers have been up and down more. Hamburg was not the case and I’m working well.

“This season I had so many important moments and I had the chance to get positive feelings in matches that I lost.”

Nadal will begin his Montreal campaign against either wild card Filip Peliwo or Sergiy Stakhovsky.

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