Lies will be exposed on court, says honest Nadal

Fri May 22, 2015 12:06pm EDT
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PARIS (Reuters) - One thing that has been consistent about Rafa Nadal's disappointing season so far has been his brutal honesty.

After a recent defeat by Italian showman Fabio Fognini the 14-times grand slam champion described his feared forehand as "vulgar" while other defeats have prompted him to admit he is suffering from nerves and a loss of confidence.

Hardly the language expected from one of the toughest competitors the sport has seen but Nadal says it is pointless trying to bluff his way through a poor spell.

Speaking to reporters at the French Open on Friday where the 28-year-old will be gunning for a record extending 10th title, Nadal again pulled no punches.

"I say what I feel. I said a lot of times in my career I'm not gonna lie if it's not 100 percent necessary," he said.

"I don't know if it's good or bad, but at the end of the day you can lie here but you cannot lie on court.

"If you say that you are great and you go on court and you play against a good player, you don't lie. Otherwise you're gonna come back and gonna say, Okay, I was lying before.

"I don't need to lie to create better expectations. I am being honest. When I say I don't know what's gonna happen, I really don't know what's gonna happen.

"That doesn't mean that I don't have confidence in myself to try to be ready for it. I have to think that I am ready for it."   Continued...

Rafael Nadal of Spain and his coach Toni Nadal (R) attend a training session for the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, May 22, 2015.  REUTERS/Vincent Kessler