Nadal slams Madrid ahead of Masters May 10, 2009 Rafael Nadal believes his hopes of a fifth successive French Open title could be compromised by playing in Madrid's 500 metre altitude this week. The world No.1 said on Saturday the new Madrid Masters is the wrong event as a lead-in to Roland Garros which begins in 15 days' time. "The altitude is a serious problem so close to Paris. It would be better if Rome were the last event before Paris since the altitudes are similar," said the top seed. Nadal also hit out at the dream of tournament boss Ion Tiriac, who has hopes of perhaps moulding this new, combined ATP and WTA event into a fifth major. The combined prize money of 7.2 million euros ($A12.77 million) already assures the biggest player payday outside of the Grand Slams. "There are four Grand Slams, not five," said Nadal. "Madrid is a great venue but tradition says there are only four majors. Madrid is great - but so are Rome and Monte Carlo." The top seed also took a sideswipe at the practice court at the multi-million euro Caja Magica (Magic Box) venue which is using blue clay, a surface which also drew criticism from Roger Federer. "Orange is the perfect colour, I'm totally against blue," said the world No.1. "The colour is historical, clay is red, not blue. Tennis not only is show-business, it has more value than that including history and tradition. Some things should just remain the same. "The facilities here are good, but things are a little disorderly," he added of the huge complex which still resembles a building site. "The bounce is complicated. I trained on Friday and had a lot of bad bounces on the courts."