“My thoughts are very clear, no?” he said. “I play against a top talent player, very dangerous player when he wants to play tennis. Normally against the best players, he wants to play tennis. When that happens, he's a very dangerous opponent.
“Of course, like second round is a super tough one. I know that. I need to be at my 100 per cent. I going to fight for it.
His defeat of Dominic Thiem a little over three weeks ago in Paris brought Nadal to within two Grand Slam titles of Roger Federer. Had he not struggled with his knee problems, had his wrist not given out in 2016, had the fates not made life so difficult for him, he might have been streets ahead of Federer by now. But Nadal takes it all in his stride.
“I achieved too much to complain“
He shows no bitterness with the cards he has been dealt, he gives no indication that feels life is unfair at times. Off court as well as on it, Nadal deals with the situation directly in front of him, handles it as best he can and then moves on.
“After all the things,” he said, “after all the amazing things that is happening in my life, will be not nice to say something wrong or complain about the negative things. There are too many good things that happened to me.
“Since the beginning of my career, I was able to manage all this stuff. Is true that I had more problems than my competitors for these numbers, I mean, in the history. But I can't complain, no? I achieved too much to complain. I feel too lucky to complain about the negative things.”