World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas says Rafael Nadal is someone who never makes excuses and often does things that “seem impossible.” Nadal, 36, thought he would be forced to miss the Australian Open but he travelled to Australia and won his 21st Grand Slam title.
Then, Nadal was hampered by a chronic foot pain just a week before the French Open but found a way to compete and win a record 22nd Grand Slam title. “I don’t think there are many players who are capable of doing everything that Rafa has shown us over the years.
He has proven to be disciplined, hard-working, and consistent. He has always continued to train to improve and learn. He does not make excuses when things do not go well. And despite everything that has happened to his foot, even in his worst moments, he always knows how to get up, and is an example for everyone.
Nadal does things that seem impossible. And I talk about things like winning this Roland Garros, and doing it up to 14 times; or conquer 22 Grand Slams. It dominates all terrains,” Tsitsipas told Ultima Hora, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
Tsitsipas: Nadal has always been a great ambassador
This week, Tsitsipas in competing at a grass court event in Mallorca. Nadal, who is from Mallorca, practiced in Mallorca last week before traveling to London this Monday.
“Of tennis in this case, but also of Mallorca, of its Island, and Spain. He is a global ambassador of the sport and the best ambassador of Mallorca. He is a person known throughout the planet,” Tsitsipas said. Tsitsipas is playing his third grass court tournament, while Nadal is set to play two matches at the Hurlingham exhibition this week.
This year, Tsitsipas is aiming to win his first Wimbledon title, while Nadal is targeting his third glory at The All England Club.