Rafael Nadal Tries Philosophical Approach at Madrid Masters

Rafael Nadal will play his first game in the Madrid Masters against the winner of the first-round match between Jurgen Melzer and Juan Monaco.

updated: May 04, 2014 21:10 IST
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Madrid: Rafael Nadal is adopting a philosophical approach at the Madrid Open as he tries to recover from back-to-back quarterfinal exits at clay court events he once dominated.

Bidding to defend his title in the Spanish capital, the top-ranked Nadal downplayed his earlier exits at Monte Carlo and Barcelona and called his previous dominance there "not normal."

Nadal is an eight-time winner at both Barcelona and Monte Carlo.

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