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Former World No. 1 Rafael Nadal looked a bit near to his very best on clay a few days ago, when he beat former top 10 player David Nalbandian of Argentina in straight sets to clinch the 2013 Brasil Open title.
The Spaniard has been taking one step a time and asserted that it is too early for him to compete with the likes of Djokovic, Federer and Murray. The Spaniard won his first title last Sunday after seventh month injury lay-off.
Though, Nadal looked quite happy and enthusiastic after his title success in South America, the Spaniard reiterated that he is not setting any long term goals and his immediate focus is to do well in the next tournament.
"I'll definitely enjoy this one because of all the problems that I've gone through with the knee," said Nadal, who claimed his first title in Sao Paulo in 2005. "When I won for the first time here I was just starting and hopefully this will mark a new beginning.”
He further added, "When the knee is feeling better like today I feel like that I can do more of the things that I used to do my entire life. If the pain is bearable like it was today, then it's fine."
Asked if he is ready to compete with the world's top four once more, Nadal said: "We are going to see how the knee responds and then take stock. I don't have any problem playing against better rivals because I accept that I can lose. Losing is not a problem for me. I just need time to continue improving and return to a more comp”
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