If Daria Kasatkina is in the tennis elite now, in the 11th place of the WTA Rankings, it's probably also because of her admiration of Rafael Nadal, whom she considers her idol. The Russian player, who reached the finals of the Dubai Open and Indian Wells in 2018, praised the Spanish champion.
'I watched all his matches on television when he won the French Open in 2005,' Kasatkina revealed, speaking to reporters at the BNP Paribas Open. 'I just fell in love with his playing style and his character.
I have always been inspired by him. I love everything about him, how he plays and how he behaves. For me, he is the perfect example to be as a sportsman. When I watch him, he plays with a lot of spin. I was trying to play the same.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal's comeback may happen earlier than planned - Here is where .