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Nadal: "It's Always A Pleasure To Be Back"

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Nadal© Getty ImagesRafael Nadal has a 39-1 record in Monte-Carlo.

Seven-time Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters champion Rafael Nadal insisted on Monday, "it is a pleasure to be back at one of the best clubs in the world." 

Speaking at the Monte-Carlo Country Club, where he has a 39-1 record, the World No. 2 said, "It is a tournament with a lot of history for me. It is a place where I have had the most success and I am very happy and excited to play here. I think I have done well here, perhaps because of luck, but also [because of] the conditions. I believe I always play my best tennis here."

Despite Nadal's dominance on clay courts, he admitted it takes time for him to get used to playing on clay courts.

"I need time, hours on court," said Nadal. "I need to play matches and practise to be comfortable on court. I cannot walk straight onto clay and be okay. I started playing four days ago. I just need to be patient and be ready for Wednesday."

The 25-year-old Spaniard has a 231-18 career record (.928) on red dirt, including 32 titles, and leads the FedEx ATP Reliability Index (since 1973).

"I have always been nervous [at the start of tournaments]," he admitted. "I have lots of success on clay in the past, so I want to do well.

"I haven't won a title [for 10 months], but how many finals have I played? Win or lose, it depends. Over the past three years, I have decided to play the big tournaments, against the best players, so the challenge is greater if you want to win those titles."

Nadal will be looking to lift his 20th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy this week. He will begin his Monte-Carlo campaign against Jarkko Nieminen.

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