“As a defending champion, of course, more so, to believe I can do it again. Reliving the memories from last year is something that obviously gives me goosebumps and motivation to try to replicate that.
“Historically it always has required some time and several tournaments to really feel comfortable playing on clay. Rarely did I feel my best on clay in the first or second tournament in the season. So that was the case this season again.
“It took me two tournaments to really feel that I’m getting closer to [my] desired level. I reached that level in Rome.”