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Rafael Nadal will bounce back before French Open

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Maybe it's time for Rafael Nadal to stop worrying about his hugely impressive statistics and focus on the present day.

We are in the middle of his favoured clay season - he's the 'King of Clay' after all - but it cannot be helpful when he is heading into every tournament with everyone reminding that a ninth consecutive win is in the offing, or he's on a however many year-winning streak. 

That was the case in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, both events were meant to be won at a procession to keep the records tumbling.

Obviously, though, it did not work out. Quarter-final defeats to compatriots David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro are leading some to question whether he could be about to be absconded from his throne. 

Unfortunately for Nadal that comes part and parcel with being a world star in any sport, he just cannot let it get to him.

It sounds awfully cliched and dour but, for want of a better term,  the 27-year-old really must take every tournament as it comes from now.

He must forget his illustrious career on clay to-date and play like that fresh-faced mop-head 18-year-old who wowed the world by storming to his first Grand Slam at Roland Garros.

The Madrid Masters next week will provide the world no.1 with an opportunity to hit back against the doubters, and there surely cannot be a better place to do so than in his home country.

It is not as if Nadal will be the only big-name at the event. Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer will play as normal while Andy Murray is also likely to make his return.

But there is also one name on that list that he cannot escape; Djokovic of course.

It seems whenever the two men are as much as on the same continent somebody will be comparing their rivalry, checking out their head-to-head record or plotting how close they are in the world rankings. Again, Nadal must escape this talk and focus of the world no.2 like he is just another skilled opponent. 

Adversity is not a new concept to the Balearic-born star and we will see him shine through this particular patch as well. 2009 was worse for him; that year he lost for the first and only time at the French Open and was unable to defend his Wimbledon crown.

From that strife, he hit back and won all the Grand Slams apart from Australia in the following year, therefore he can certainly shrug off a few Masters defeats. 

The 'King' is going nowhere soon. You could put your mortgage on this being another stellar year for the world's best tennis star.

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