Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal returns a ball to Britain's Andy Murray during the men semifinal of Madrid Open tournament at the Caja Magica (Magic Box) sports complex in Madrid on May 7, 2016. / AFP / GERARD JULIEN
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Rafael Nadal said Tuesday that he is in confident mood ahead of his first match of the Rome Masters, despite his semifinal defeat to Andy Murray in Madrid last week.The seven-time champion insisted that he is focusing solely on his second-round clash with Philipp Kohlschreiber Wednesday, and not looking forward to a possible quarterfinal against Novak Djokovic.Nadal won titles last month in Monte Carlo and Barcelona to start his pre-French Open clay campaign in the best possible way.In the first second-round matches Tuesday, Japanese sixth seed Kei Nishikori had to fight back from a set down to see off Serb Viktor Troicki 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 .The sixth seed has reached the semifinals here twice, losing to Carla Suarez Navarro a year ago and Serena Williams in 2013 .
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