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Nadal aims to maintain current level as he bids for a 12th Roland Garros crown

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Nadal aims to maintain current level as he bids for a 12th Roland Garros crown

Nadal aims to maintain current level as he bids for a 12th Roland Garros crown

Defending French Open champion Rafael Nadal is happy with his current form as he bids to retain his men's singles title at Roland Garros.

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Nadal aims to maintain current level as he bids for a 12th Roland Garros crown

SHOWS: PARIS, FRANCE (MAY 24, 2019) (FFT - NO RESALES) 1.

RAFAEL NADAL WALKING INTO NEWS CONFERENCE 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DEFENDING FRENCH OPEN CHAMPION, RAFAEL NADAL, ON HIS PREPARATION AND FORM, SAYING: "I feel myself playing well, being honest, and my goal is just to keep playing at that level, because these things always that I can improve, small things, and just working on small things.

But in general terms, is just about being healthy, main thing, and then just compete well and be fresh mentally and physically." 3.

WHITE FLASH 4.

(SOUNDBITE (English) DEFENDING FRENCH OPEN CHAMPION, RAFAEL NADAL, ON THE CHANGES TO COURT PHILIPPE CHATRIER, SAYING: "The feeling with the ball, the feeling with the court, personally I had the same feeling on court.

No, no, I don't see a difference in terms of game experience, you know.

I think the wind is going the same way, and the feeling on court is exactly the same.

Then of course is a different court, and especially is a little bit different looking from, behind the royal box.

For me, that's the main difference." STORY: Defending French Open champion Rafael Nadal says he wants to maintain his current level ahead of the May 26-June 9 French Open.

But the Majorcan will have to get used to new surroundings as his favourite hunting ground, the court Philippe Chatrier, has been revamped ahead of the Roland Garros tournament in Paris.

The Spaniard, chasing a record-extending 12th French Open title, has already practiced on the new main court, which has been extended by 10 metres and features new seats before getting a retractable roof next year.

Nadal had reason to be concerned after failing to win clay court titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona or Madrid, but he got back to winning ways just in time for Roland Garros when he won the Italian Open last week.

He now heads with a positive mindset into his first round against a qualifier.

A usually slow starter at Roland Garros, Nadal is expected to face two qualifiers in the first two rounds and things should only get really tough in the semi-finals, where he could face either Roger Federer or Stefanos Tsitsipas.

(Production: Elliot Richardson)



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