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Hard to return to practice court: Nadal

MULLING THINGS OVER: Rafael Nadal has been shell shocked by the defeat against Fabio Fognini in Monte Carlo Masters. AFP

Rafael Nadal admitted that it will be "hard to return to the practice court" after a shock semifinal defeat by Fabio Fognini ended his bid for a record-extending 12th Monte Carlo Masters title on Saturday.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion starts his Barcelona Open title defence on Wednesday, as he also fights to keep his world-number-two ranking before the French Open gets underway next month.

The 32-year-old said he played "one of my worst matches in 14 years on clay" in losing 6-4, 6-2 to Italian Fognini, having been forced to save three match points at 5-0 in the second set.

"It will be hard to return to the practice court," a subdued Nadal said. "I lost an opportunity in a very important event for me. I'm sad for that."

Nadal has struggled with knee injuries this season, and was playing his first event since withdrawing before an Indian Wells semi-final against Roger Federer last month.

"There was little chance for me to start the clay-court season in a perfect way," he insisted. "It was a bad day, the kind of day where the feeling is not there at all. It's difficult to find positive ways today."

"I was lucky to win two (second-set) games to avoid an even worse score," he admitted. "I'm thinking about how bad I played today, (trying to) understand the things. Coming back from injuries, winning and winning and winning is not easy.

"(It's been a) year and a half of not having the chance to play tournaments in a row (due to injury)."

 

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