Rafael Nadal: 'If you ask me, I definitely believe that he...'

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Rafael Nadal touched on more than one important topic at the press conference prior to his debut in the ATP 500 in Washington. The 35-year-old Spanish tennis player and current world number three, lamented the attitude that Novak Djokovic had in the semifinal match in Tokyo 2020 against his compatriot Pablo Carreño Busta, when in a moment of frustration he threw his racket into the stands.

“The Djokovic thing you have to try to avoid. The image is not the best and luckily there was no one in the stands. It all depends on how severe the punishments are. I don't know if he received a sanction for it or not, but I do know that he did apologize.

It is important to avoid this. He is one of the best players in the world and he should avoid this type of reaction, ”said the Mallorcan. Precisely about the bronze medal that Carreño Busta won, he indicated: “It was a victory that will remain for the rest of his life.

Winning a medal is very special and a very unforgettable moment."

Nadal is defending 3,000 ranking points

Rafael Nadal is set to return to the tour this week at the Citi Open in Washington. The ATP 500 event will mark the beginning of a long run of tournaments for Nadal, which includes the Rogers Cup and the US Open.

Ahead of his return to competitive action, the World No. 3 trained with American youngster Sebastian Korda on Sunday. "[His game has a] good physical look, good serve, good shots from the baseline," Nadal told the ATP Tour.

"I think he's a great guy, [a] complete player. He has a lot of things to do in the next years in our sport. I think I always believed since I saw him play that he is going to have the chance to be one of the best players of the world," Nadal said.

"Let's see. It’s always the same. I think he has all the things that he needs to definitely be a top guy. Of course, things are not easy and you need to keep improving. But I definitely believe, if you ask me, that he [is] going to be a great one."

Nadal is defending 3,000 ranking points over the next month and a half, given that he triumphed at the Rogers Cup and the US Open in 2019. The 35-year-old is not far from qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals, but a successful run in the United States is crucial if he wants to get close to the No. 1 ranking again.