During a long interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, Matteo Berrettini spent some kind words for Rafael Nadal. The Italian said: “Rafael Nadal is pure energy, he looks like a bull. When Nadal enters a room, you immediately feel the energy he emanates.
When he tells you about his activities, whether he went fishing or golfing, it sounds like he’s telling you about an episode from the Punic Wars. He never slows down, it’s a concentrate of energy.” In the latest edition of the Big Deal podcast, Darren Cahill invited the Next Gen to take the example of a legend like Nadal: “Rafael Nadal is an extraordinary person, as well as a formidable tennis player.
The Next Gen guys should take an example from Rafa. I am not referring only to tennis, but also to the way he trains, the way he treats his opponents and the way he behaves off the court. His work ethic is second to none, as is his love for the sport”.
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Rafael Nadal is a living legend of the sport and he doesn’t want to hear about raising the white flag. The last few months have been very difficult for the Spaniard, who hasn’t been able to express his best tennis due to a series of injuries.
The former world number 1 showed up at the 2023 Australian Open in truly precarious conditions, leaving the scene already in the second round and sustaining a second-degree lesion to the ileo-psoas. The 22-time Grand Slam champion has already had to give up the ATPs in Doha and Dubai, while his participation in the Sunshine Double is hanging by a thread.
The 36-year-old from Manacor is destined to drop out of the Top 10 and many fear that his retirement is near. Rafa could decide to preserve his physique in view of the clay season, which will begin with the Masters 1000 in Montecarlo.
The Iberian’s mind is already focused on Roland Garros, scheduled for the end of May on the red clay of Paris, where he will hunt for his 15th title.
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