Rafael Nadal: 'When you are young you have a lot of...'

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What a shake he was presented in the top-ten of the ATP after the 2021 United States Open. The last Grand Slam of the season played a trick on two tournament winners, and in passing welcomed another to the select group member of NextGen.

The classification dawned once more with Novak Djokovic as the leader with 12,133 points, 1,020 more than the previous time since when he reached the final in New York he surpassed what he did last year when he hit a linesman.

With this, the Serbian far from worrying, in terms of the ranking he can be more than calm and practically with all security he made sure to finish 2021 in that position. In second place, more and more established, appears the Russian Daniil Medvedev, who after his crown in New York, reached 10,780.

The third and last place on the podium is occupied by the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas with 8,350 units, followed by the German Alexander Zverev (7,760) and now the Russian Andrey Rublev (6,130). Rafael Nadal continues to lose ground and fell to sixth place, after giving up the 2,000 points he defended from his championship in 2019.

Matteo Berrettini climbed one step and appears seventh, to the detriment of Austrian Dominic Thiem who lost two places and is now eighth, since he could not defend his crown in New York either. The Swiss Roger Federer is still ninth with 3,765 units, while the top-ten is completed by the Norwegian Casper Ruud.

This is the first time that Ruud has been on this list. Thus the top-ten of the ATP dawned, with several changes, but with Novak Djokovic still as the absolute leader. What made you the most surprising move of the week?

Nadal has claimed 35 Masters 1000 titles

The loss in the round of 16 in Washington to Lloyd Harris was the last game played by Rafael Nadal, who gave way to the South African in three sets.

The physical conditions with which he lived on the pitch, however, were nothing short of disastrous, so much so that his coach Carlos Moya claimed to have even seen him limp. From there the decision to renounce the US Open and the rest of the rest of 2021 (it will therefore also skip the ATP Finals).

The Majorcan is not in a hurry to return, however, also because winning tournaments is not something for which he wishes to be remembered by tennis fans when he ends his career. Rather, his purpose is to be recognized as a role model: “Numerous tournaments have actually contacted me to enter the field (participate) - says Nadal -, but things are different than in the past.

To play I have to be ready both physically and mentally; none have unlimited batteries. When you are young you have a lot of energy, but now you have to make decisions that you sometimes don't like and skip tournaments that you would like to play.

In the future I don't want to be remembered as a tennis player with numerous titles but as the one who left a good example for boys and girls; he is my only target. If there is one thing I would like to be able to say that I did well, it is that I have transmitted positive things on and off the pitch, which makes me very satisfied,” concludes the Spaniard.

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