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PHOTOS/VIDEO: Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori at the promotional event of Barcelona Open 2016
Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori at the promotional event ahead of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell at the Tibidabo amusement park on April 18, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.
Kei Nishikori and Rafael Nadal inaugurated the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell in style, playing tennis on top of Tibidabo Mountain to pose for a spectacular photo opportunity overlooking Barcelona.
After the photo opportunity, Nadal and Nishikori attended media on Tibidabo Mountain.
Quotes Rafa Nadal
“I am very happy about the tournament in Monte Carlo. It’s one of the most important ones of the season. Yesterday was a great day. I played at a very high level during the entire week. But now I have to continue like this in the next tournaments.”
“The key yesterday was to dominate the match, although I suffered in closing out some points. It was a touch match against Gael Monfils, but everything works well if I play without anxiety.”
“I changed up a gear and am playing better now.”
“Athletes live for their victories. We have to fight hard to do well and achieve victories.”
“I leave the criticism and praise to you (the journalists).”
“The objective in 2016 is to be happy. I have to keep playing, but be happy above all.”
“I am looking forward to the tournament but everything has a start and a finish and I won’t win the tournament 12 times.”
Quotes Kei Nishikori
“I want to win the tournament again. This is my favorite tournament. The toughest 500 event, especially on clay, with all the Spanish players and Rafa in good shape. It will be a tough competition.”
“I saw a little bit of the Monte Carlo final yesterday. It was a great match. I think Rafa is in great shape and he is playing great tennis again.”
“It is going to be a tough match if Rafa and I play the final, but it will be a great week.”
“I was always thinking sooner or later he (Rafa) is going to be back again. He is always training and practicing hard. I think this will give him more confidence and he is going to be back on track again.”