'Surprised Rafael Nadal actually bothering to respond on...', says legend



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'Surprised Rafael Nadal actually bothering to respond on...', says legend

Some of Novak Djokovic's behaviors at the Tokyo Olympics were discussed a lot. The world number 1 seemed on course for the gold medal in singles, but his physique literally abandoned him in the middle of the semifinal against Alexander Zverev.

The Serbian champion lost ten of the last eleven games of the match and was forced to surrender. Exhausted and without motivation, the 20-time Grand Slam champion also surrendered to Pablo Carreno Busta in the 'final' that awarded the bronze.

Just during the challenge with the Spaniard, Nole expressed all the frustration of him with very uneducational and graceful behavior. The 34-year-old from Belgrade even threw a racket into the stands with the serious risk of hitting someone.

In a press conference before his debut in Washington, Rafael Nadal was asked to express a sincere opinion on these attitudes of his eternal rival. “It is always important to avoid that type of behavior, especially because Novak is a reference for many young people.

It is strange that someone of such great success reacts in this way to negative situations” - replied the Majorcan.

McNamee slams Rafael Nadal

Paul McNamee – who won five majors across men’s and mixed doubles – believes it is “highly unusual” and “not ideal” that the Spaniard has decided to give advice to Novak Djokovic.

“Surprised Rafael Nadal actually bothering to respond, and comment, on a peer’s missteps. That’s generally ‘not the code’ amongst athletes, who all know your own fall may only be a moment away,” Paul McNamee said on Twitter.

“I greatly admire Rafa, so it puzzles me. Highly unusual, and raised my eyebrows, for one great to give free advice to a fellow great. It creates news copy but not ideal. For the record, I have enormous respect for Rafa & his warrior spirit…King of clay, the surface I love.

But I’m still surprised he, or any player, answers questions on peers’ behaviour. Call me old school”. Nadal is the top seed at the Citi Open and will be preparing for the US Open later this month. The Spaniard missed out on the Wimbledon Championships and the Olympic Games due to an injury.

He has been playing through a tired and weary body in 2021 and his body gave an indication to take a break. His last match was the Roland Garros semifinals against Novak Djokovic in June. “Honestly, it’s the same importance as always.

The fact that Novak has 20, Roger has 20 and I have 20 doesn’t increase the motivation for me or the pressure. My approach will not change. I always say the same, I do my way. If Novak, Roger play theirs and win, okay well done for them, I will not be frustrated.

I know I achieved something I never dreamed about and I am going to keep fighting for keep doing things,” said Nadal.