Any opportunity to listen to Rafael Nadal It is a delight for tennis fans. The clarity with which he expresses himself without avoiding any theme, the remarkable rationality of which all his reflections flaunt and the fact of knowing a little what is hidden behind one of the most important figures in the history of sport, provide fans a unique opportunity to understand their success and that of their peers. In a talk with José Luis Clerc from ESPN, the Balearic expounded on such interesting topics as the NextGen’s challenge to the established power, his feelings on the return to training or if someone will manage to beat his records on clay.
– Back to training and motivation to continue in tennis. “I have been training on the track for a couple of weeks, but in a very calm way. It is important to minimize the risk of injury now, so I do not usually spend more than 1.5 hours on the court and there are days that I do not train,” assures the Spanish, questioned about his great motivations. “The best possible motivation is to improve every day, look for day-to-day illusions and know that if you do that job well, successes will come. Training without objectives is boring,” says a man who admits not having expected to be where he is. heights. “I could never have dreamed of having this record at the age of 34 and continue to choose the most,” he said.
– His successes on clay and Roland Garros. “I always say that when a record is broken, the tennis player they take it from must be happy. If someone ever won more than 81 games in a row on clay or added more than 12 titles in Paris, I would be happy, it would be positive for tennis. Everyone believed when Sampras won 14 Grand Slams, that no one would beat him and a few years later there were three of us who managed it. I am aware that what I have done at Roland Garros is very complicated and that now it seems impossible to overcome it , but I have no doubt that someone will, “said the Spaniard.
– The NextGen’s upward trend. Questioned about the inability of young people to take over, Nadal is delighted with the current battle. “The reality is that they are already there. There are many young players fighting for the maximum and winning important things. They have not been able to do it in Grand Slam, also because we have not left, so now there is a very nice fight between young people and” Old men “that I hope will last as long as possible in time,” said Nadal, in a clear sign of his motivation to continue being active.
– Big 3’s secret to success. “We can talk about many technical things, but the most important thing is the love for tennis that the three of us feel. We meet an indispensable condition to get to where we have come, such as the ability to continuously adapt, overcome difficulties and improve. sport always share the enormous passion they feel for it and that makes them continually excel themselves. With that and the right people in our environment, we have found the way to always improve, “commented a Rafael Nadal who again gave a lesson in simplicity and clairvoyance.