‘I’d love to get another opportunity to be able to play Rafael Nadal’, says ATP ace

Rafael Nadal recently won his twelfth Barcelona Open title after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final. In the three-set marathon that lasted over 210 minutes, Rafa was able to keep his cool and even saved one match point. The final score of the match was 6-4, 6 (6) -7, 7-5. After this victory in Barcelona, ​​Rafael Nadal got 500 points in the ATP ranking. With this, he surpassed Daniil Medvedev and regained his No. 2 spot. Apart from all this, there is some more positive news for Spanish. With his recent title, he is now in eighth position on the list of players who will play the ATP Finals in Turin this year. Before this, Rafa was in 18th place with only 540 points. However, after earning 500 more points, he now has 1,040 points so far this year. With two Masters 1000 tournaments on clay and the 2021 French Open to come, Nadal can surely secure many more points. He is the ‘King of Clay’ and it will not be a surprise if he manages to secure 3000 points or even more. If he does, he will be at the top of the list and will undoubtedly qualify for the 2021 ATP Finals. On the other hand, Rafa’s archrival Roger Federer is nowhere near in the race so far. He is currently at number 234 on the list. Although he will play in the 2021 Geneva Open and French Open, it will be very difficult for him to break into the top 8 at this point. In a recent interview, rising star Sebastian Korda revealed that he takes a lot of inspiration from Rafael Nadal. He believes that the way Rafa carries himself on the court is nothing short of amazing.

Sebastian Korda on Rafael Nadal

“There is always a lot of inspiration, especially from a guy like Rafael Nadal. He has always been an inspiration for me [with] the way he carries himself on the court, how professional he is and how humble he is. It is a big inspiration for me,” said Sebastian Korda in the interview. Korda highlighted that Rafa is a very humble person and is very professional on the court and admitted that he admires Nadal because of these traits. “Hopefully, he can keep playing tennis. I’d love to get another opportunity to be able to play him,” added the 20-year-old American player. Rafael Nadal has proved that he still has a lot of tennis left in him. He’ll be eager to win his 14th French Open this year. Will Rafa be able to win his 21st Grand Slam in Paris and surpass Roger Federer in the Grand Slam tally?

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