Rafael Nadal has spoken to MARCA for the first time in 25 years, and 22 major championships later, he still exudes the same radiance when the tape recorder is turned on. Although he can always surprise the journalist with one of his legendary “banana shots”. If they persist longer than is required, he responds carefully, elaborates, and does not sidestep any questions. A prodigy and a star in a sport that has changed Spain forever since his stunning ascent in 2005. King is still alive.
The Spaniard stressed the importance which Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic had on his career. He said the peer pressure always helped in excel and provided a natural boost to his career and his abilities.
Nadal on his retirement scene
Rafael Nadal stated that while he is not currently considering retirement, he wants it to take place on a tennis court. At 36 years old, the Spaniard is slowly approaching the end of his professional career. In Roger Federer’s farewell match at the Laver Cup earlier this year, he teamed up with the player. The two had some touching moments together.
Nadal described Federer‘s retirement as “a sad and exciting day” at the same time. As he was questioned about it in an interview with the Spanish publication MARCA.
“I do not visualize it. Roger’s retirement was a sad and exciting day at the same time. I think he is one of the great icons in the history of sports in general, so it was a hard moment, and not only as a rival and partner but as a tennis lover,”HE SAID.
While talking about his retirement, the 22-time Grand Slam champion said that he would like that moment to come on a tennis court.
“As for my retirement, I don’t visualize it for a simple fact, because I’m not one to try to guess, predict or prepare the future, because things change very quickly, right? I know that moment is closer than last year, without a doubt, and two years ago. That is pure logic. But in the end it is something that when it has to happen, it will happen. I would like it to be on a tennis court, yes,”NADAL SAID.
Rafael Nadal partnered with Melia Hotels International earlier this month to introduce his brand-new ZEL hotel network. The Spanish player said he hasn’t quite reached the point of retiring while speaking at the launch ceremony.
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