Nadal's 20-0 run came to a halt in the Indian Wells Open final after a record-breaking start to the 2022 season, which saw him win the Australian Open for a 21st Grand Slam victory and surpass Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic for the most majors won in the men's Open Era.
Not only did he lose his opening game of the season to Taylor Fritz, but he also suffered a rib ailment that required him to miss four weeks of action.
He eventually returned to training in mid-April and will make his competitive comeback at the Madrid Open this week, as well as the Italian Open.
Some have speculated that he may be undercooked for the French Open, which begins on May 22, but the 13-time Roland Garros champion is convinced that he will be ready.
“I have three weeks,” he said. “So I trust that the daily training will help me to get ready.
“Here the demand [in high altitude in Madrid] is maximum, but what can be done is going to be done.
“The most important thing is to be healthy, but I think that going to Paris I’m on time. Three weeks are enough to get competitive.”