Rafael Nadal, coming off a short stint at the Australian Open, faces a tough challenge at the Argentina Open with the participation three more top-12 players.
This year’s clay-court tournament in Buenos Aires will be stuffed with firepower as Nadal spices up the competition that already has world’s no.5 David Ferrer, no.9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and no.12 John Isner.
Although Nadal has head to head advantage against all three of them, his shocking loss to Fernando Verdasco in the first round of the Australian Open proves the Spaniard has become more vulnerable against lesser foes than he’s ever been before.
Also waiting to dampen Nadal’s spirit in the tournament are Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov and Italy’s Fabio Fognini, who defeated Nadal three times last year – including a five-setter win over Nadal at the US Open.
Despite facing perhaps the most competitive Argentina Open field ever, Nadal is optimistic that this tournament will provide the morale boost he needs to accomplish his goals throughout the remainder of the season.
“I want to thank the organisers of the Argentina Open for giving me this wild card to play in Buenos Aires,” Nadal said via the National.
“The times that I’ve played in Argentina have been special and full of good memories because the people are some of the best in the world. I asked for this wildcard after the bad result in Melbourne and I hope that Buenos Aires will once again be the start of a good run for me. I will try my best to make sure it is.”
Nadal, who is aiming to reclaim the French Open throne three months from now, will use the Argentina Open as warm-up tourney ahead of Indian Wells Open and Miami Masters.
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