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Nadal Says He's Confident Heading Into Madrid Open

Rafael Nadal feels that playing in Madrid could be the turning point he needs after a less than desirable season.

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The Spanish star spoke to El Pais before the start of next week's ATP Masters event in Madrid. Despite coming off a surprise third round loss in Barcelona to Fabio Fognini, Nadal is ready to bounce back.

"Madrid has always brought me positive energy," Nadal said in an interview on Thursday. "I can only keep going. After so many ups and downs I am sure that the consistency I want to have will arrive. If you have the desire, and I have, you can turn the situation around."

Nadal enters this year's Madrid event having won it two years in a row and a total of four times in his career. But with only one title this year, in Buenos Aires, on his resume so far, the pressure is on the 14-time Grand Slam winner to turn things around on his favorite clay surface.

"I have the confidence that I am doing things well. When you do all you can, you can't ask for any more."

Nadal will be in search of his 10th French Open next month. Yet World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who opted not to play in Madrid, is tipped by many now as a slight favorite for the title when the second major of the year kicks off in Paris.

However, Nadal seeks to keep everything in balance and feels his best tennis is just ahead.

"I need to have a balanced point of view that is not too negative or positive," Nadal added. "If I maintain the same desire and work rate, I hope to once again have the same chance to compete for everything like I have in the past."