‘See you in Madrid,’ says Rafael Nadal as he confirms attendance

Rafael Nadal has confirmed he will play in his home tournament at the Madrid Open next month despite still recovering from a rib injury.

The Spaniard sustained a rib stress fracture in his semi-final match against Carlos Alcaraz at Indian Wells in March and went on to lose the final against Taylor Fritz.

He announced on 22 March he would be out for four to six weeks to recover, meaning it was tight for him to make the Madrid Masters five weeks later, but he has now confirmed he will be playing.

Nadal will be competing at the event for the 19th time and has previously reached eight finals, winning the tournament five times.

“Despite having a short preparation and facing a difficult event, I can’t wait to play at home, where we don’t have many chances to do so,” Nadal said in a Tweet.

Referring to his injury and small preparation, he continued “I’ll try to do my best. See you in Madrid!”

Nadal comfortably leads the ATP Race To Turin after enjoying a career-best start to the season with a 21-match winning streak.

Until the final loss at Indian Wells, Nadal won all three tournaments he played in, claiming titles at Melbourne, the Australian Open and Acapulco.

The 35 year old currently leads the way as the male player with the most Grand Slam singles titles with 21, closely followed by Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on 20 each.

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