Rome Masters: Rafael Nadal Eager to Make Spain-Italy Switch

Rafael Nadal begins on the second round in the Rome Masters when he plays Frenchman Gilles Simon, whom he has beaten on five of six occasions.

updated: May 14, 2014 08:26 IST
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Rome: Rafael Nadal admitted he was relishing one of the biggest annual changes in clay-court tennis when he begins play at sea-level in the ATP-WTA Rome Masters on Wednesday, just days after winning at altitude in Madrid.

"Yes it's a big change, but when you are winning it is a lot easier," said the defending champion who is chasing an eighth title at the Foro Italico.

"You always need time to adjust. "It's nothing crazy, you must work on how you hit the ball. The ball flies more in Madrid (at 800 metres) and you have less control. In Rome you have to hit harder.

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