Rafael Nadal said the Madrid Open could yield positive results, despite the 21-time grand winner losing in the quarter-finals to teen Carlos Alcaraz on Friday in his first tournament after a tense rib fracture.
Australian Open champion Nadal, who was injured in Indian Wells in March, lost 6-2 1-6 6-3 to compatriot Alcaraz of Spain, completing his quest for a sixth title in the ATP Masters 1000.
“The reading of the tournament is that I played three matches and that I came here almost unprepared … I said this before coming here that it will be a difficult week,” Nadal told reporters.
“But in any case, it was not a disaster. I think I struggled with the right attitude. I played two, two and a half hours, almost three … it’s a positive result. “
The 35-year-old defeated Miamir Ketsmanovich and David Goffin in their first two matches before reaching the inspired Alcaraz.