Nadal told a news conference at the Monte Carlo Masters that he is healthy and fit to start his clay-court season in Monte Carlo, the first major warm-up tournament leading to Roland Garros. Nadal is aiming for a 14th French Open title and a record 21st Grand Slam singles title, as well as a 12th Monte Carlo Masters title.
"The important moment of the season has come," Nadal said at a press conference last Sunday. I think I have done my job well. I'm happy with the way I'm playing and I'm in good physical condition at the moment. I am confident and I hope I can do well. I have been training well in Monte Carlo for the last two days before the tournament, so I am very happy."
Nadal has not played since losing to Sisypas at the Australian Open: "I'm just taking it one step at a time. I want to stay healthy, that's the main thing. If I can stay healthy for the next month and a half, I hope to have a chance to play at the right level."
Nadal is likely to face his old rival Novak Djokovic in the Monte Carlo Masters final, and if that happens it could be a dress rehearsal for the French Open final.