Nadal hopes to fine tune form ahead of clay swing

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Rafael Nadal says he still has work to do on his game as he gets set to launch his clay­court sea­son which the Spa­niard hopes cul­mi­nates with his ninth French Open ti­tle. World No 1 Nadal lost in straight sets in the fi­nal of the Mi­ami Masters tour­na­ment on Sun­day to sec­ond seed Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win as he eas­ily dis­man­tled Nadal who has been ham­pered by a back in­jury which wrecked his Aus­tralian Open bid ear­lier this year.

Thir­teen-time Grand Slam win­ner Nadal said de­spite the loss, which dropped him to 0-4 in Mi­ami fi­nals, he feels good about hav­ing made it to the fi­nal in Mi­ami.

“It is great that I am in the top of the race ar­riv­ing to the clay­court sea­son,” Nadal said. “But now we start on clay and I need to be 100 per cent. I need to work hard and try to be in bet­ter shape for clay.”

Mi­ami is one of just three ATP Tour Masters 1000 events that Nadal has failed to win.

The Mi­ami fi­nal started evenly un­til Djokovic broke Nadal in the first set to go up 3-2. He took the set when Nadal failed to re­turn a serve. Djokovic broke to open the sec­ond set, then broke the Spa­niard again in the fi­nal game of the match.

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