Rafael Nadal: ‘When you get a little bit older, the feelings are…’

Winning a Major title is a special moment for all players as it transforms the season into a remarkable one, regardless of the other results. In 15 of the previous 17 years, Rafael Nadal lifted at least one Major crown, spreading his greatness repeatedly and joining Roger Federer in 20 Major trophies last October in Paris. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Rafa did not have the opportunity to compete in his beloved events in Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Barcelona or Madrid. He spent six months in his house with his family, not even hitting the ball for two months. After winning the title in Acapulco in late February, Nadal had to wait until mid-September to get back on the court, skipping Cincinnati and the US Open and returning to action in Rome. Rafa lost in the quarterfinals to Diego Schwartzman, returned home and worked hard on his game heading into Roland Garros. It was Nadal’s 16th and most challenging trip to Paris, experiencing cold, rainy weather, new Wilson balls and a roof over the Philippe-Chatrier court. Despite all that and the lack of form, Nadal once again showed his greatness, winning the thirteenth Roland Garros crown without losing a single set and setting many records that will remain forever. Nadal defeated Diego Schwartzman in the semi-finals to avenge Roma’s loss before facing Novak Djokovic in the title match. Determined to secure the trophy in the final Major of the season, Rafa scored a resounding 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 victory in two hours and 41 minutes for the Major’s 20th crown.

Rafael Nadal is currently in rehab

In a candid one-on-one with former F1 champion Nico Rosberg, Rafael Nadal spoke about how to handle moments of self-doubt and other issues related to mental strength along with how he’s different from rival Novak Djokovic. “He’s maybe more a machine in terms of mentality, But I’m sure he has his doubts too. We have different characters. Both things are good, and you need to find your way. That’s my point of view. There’s no one way to have success, or to accomplish your dreams. There are different ways and you need to find your personal one.” In his conversation with Rosberg, Nadal stated that perspectives change as one gets older. While there have been some setbacks with respect to his injury, the Spaniard said he aims to be back at the start of next season. “Yeah, when you get a little bit older, the feelings are a little bit different in all terms. But at the same time, even today I had a tough period of time in terms of my foot injury, so I need to come back hopefully by the beginning of next year.”

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