'Rafael Nadal was training as if he was playing...', says WTA star



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'Rafael Nadal was training as if he was playing...', says WTA star

Nothing to do for our Matteo Berrettini. For the third time this year, the player from Rome was defeated by world number one Novak Djokovic in a Grand Slam event: it had already happened at Roland Garros and in the Wimbledon final, this time it happened in the US quarter-finals.

Open. The score reads 5-7 6-2 6-2 6-3 in favor of the Serbian champion, who is now only two victories away from winning the Grand Slam. As reported by the We Love Tennis website, Berrettini wanted to speak about him on the age-old question of the greatest tennis player of all time (the GOAT): "This is always a difficult question, because there are personal opinions and statistics.

I just know that we are going through a phase that has never happened over the years, looking only at the statistics it is clear that Novak is accomplishing something that the other two have not done. But ultimately each of us has the right to designate their own GOAT.

There are still people who believe that McEnroe, Sampras or Agassi were better than him. It is a personal feeling. I think that's the great thing about sport. For example, in my opinion, LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan.

It's just my personal opinion. I wasn't born when he was playing”. In the Race classification valid to establish the eight players on the field in Turin next November, Matteo currently occupies the sixth place: he is about 1000 points ahead of Rafael Nadal and very close to the Russian Andrey Rublev, who precedes him on the fifth step.

Leylah Fernandez on Rafael Nadal

Tennis stars are not born overnight; they have to perform at their best week in and week out. Amazingly, the 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez played the best tennis of her young career throughout the US Open 2021 campaign.

And as a result, she outclassed many big names on the way to her maiden Grand Slam final. Unsurprisingly, she once looked up to Rafael Nadal as the inspiration behind her competitiveness. As a 17-year-old, it was a dream moment for Leylah Fernandez to play in the same tournament as Rafael Nadal.

But more, watching him play gave the Canadian teenager a glimpse into what she had to do. “He was training as if he was playing a match,” Fernandez began. “He was so intense out there. There was a crowd watching, so I wanted to impress them, too, and it put so much pressure on me.

There were so many unknowns for me at that point and I didn’t know how I was going to play [throughout the season], but seeing him out there inspired me to play like that in my trainings, too, and step it up. It was definitely one of those surreal moments,” Fernandez concluded.