21 May 2009

Nadal optimistic as he heads to Paris

10:37 am on 21 May 2009

The world tennis number one Rafael Nadal was cautiously optimistic as he left for Paris where he has the chance to become the first man to claim five successive French Open titles.

As he left Spain Nadal says if he plays at his best level he thinks he can have a good result in Paris and if it is not the case, he must take it calmly because it has been a good year for him.

Nadal, who turns 23 next month, has won the Australian Open as well as the Rome, Monte Carlo and Indian Wells Masters this year and has already booked his place in the season-ending championships.

But he was defeated over the weekend on home soil at the Madrid Masters by Roger Federer, who is seeking to fulfill a lifetime ambition of securing a career grand slam at the French Open.