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Nadal at Barcelona Open after Monte Carlo loss

Monday - 4/22/2013, 12:19pm  ET

Rafael Nadal of Spain arrives for a press conference during the Barcelona open tennis in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- After his eight-year winning streak in Monte Carlo was ended by Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal is quickly refocusing on winning an eighth title at the Barcelona Open.

Going into another clay-court tournament that Nadal has dominated, the Spaniard said he still needs to improve following a lengthy injury layoff before he's able to beat the likes of Djokovic in a final.

Speaking in Barcelona on Monday, Nadal said he was "neither angry nor sad" about losing the Monte Carlo Masters title, but "against the world No. 1 you can win or lose, and this time I lost."

Nadal says "I think I'm on the right track but missing things after all that happened."

Nadal has reached five consecutive finals since returning in February from a knee injury -- winning three, and losing two.


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