Rising Finnish stat Emil Ruusuvuori insists you can learn from Rafael Nadal by just watching the record 20-time Grand Slam champion from the outside. Ruusuvuori is also amazed by how former world No. 1 approaches training and practices.
Nadal wasn't the only praised by Ruusuvuori as the Finn also praised world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Ruusuvuori acknowledged there is a difference between practicing with Nadal and Djokovic. Also, Ruusuvuori underlined that Djokovic is an "absolute champion."
"Rafa forces you to hit the ball higher than any other player. He has so much experience that you can learn a lot from him just by looking at him from the outside. His approach during training is simply extraordinary. Novak Djokovic is also very kind and professional.
Nole hits the ball cleaner than the Spaniard. He doesn't impose too high a pace in training, but we are still talking about an absolute champion," Ruusuvuori said, per We Love Tennis.
Nadal given recognition by Casper Ruud
Ruud, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No.
10 in the world, has been one of the best players on clay this season. After Wimbledon, Ruud won three titles in as many weeks -- all on clay, making it all the way in Bastad, Gstaad and Kitzbuhel. Also, Ruud won it all in Geneva earlier this year and made the semifinals at Masters events in Monte Carlo and Madrid.
"I think winning those three tournament back-to-back was something special and something that raises your confidence and belief in yourself, definitely,” Ruud told the ATP Tour. “I don’t mind being a clay court player.
[Rafael] Nadal is the perfect example. "It’s possible for heavy topspin players to play well on [all] the surfaces and [Nadal] is the type of player that I looked up to for many years and will try to learn from when it comes to this transition from clay court to hard court."