'Rafael Nadal is able to keep mental and competitive rhythms that...', says legend

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'Rafael Nadal is able to keep mental and competitive rhythms that...', says legend

Despite winning only four titles in 2019, Rafael Nadal finished the season as the no. 1 player for the fifth time in his career. In December of that year, Nadal shared a field in his museum with six notable trophies that he claimed, including two Majors, two Masters 1000 trophies, and two team events.

The Spaniard started the season in second place behind Novak Djokovic, who defeated him in the Australian Open final. Nadal blew match points against Nick Kyrgios in Acapulco and retired before the Indian Wells semi-final against Roger Federer with a knee injury.

Fighting a bit on his favorite surface, Rafa experienced three semi-final defeats in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid to Fabio Fognini, Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas, desperate to raise his level in Rome and Paris.

Nadal made it all the way at the Foro Italico, defeating Novak Djokovic in the title clash and lifting the twelfth Roland Garros crown for a massive boost and 3,000 points on his account of just two events.

Bertolucci praises Rafael Nadal

During a recent interview with Corriere Della Sera Veneto, Paolo Bertolucci was asked for his two cents on the GOAT debate between Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

"Federer is tennis, we are all Federians, but the Djokovic of 2013 and of the last year and a half is the strongest player ever," Bertolucci said. "He and Nadal are able to keep mental and competitive rhythms that I would not have managed even five minutes.

But how do they do it? I envy and admire them." Paolo Bertolucci further shed some light on what makes the Big 3 different from the rest of the tour. "They (Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic) know the past of their sport and respect it," the Italian said.

"You can meet them at dinner, if you cross them they come to greet you, they know who you are and what you did and chat with you. It is a sign of education, but also of historical culture and modesty. And let's talk about planetary champions, not just tennis.

Apart from them, I don't know anyone off the pitch." As we come closer towards the Indian Wells 2021, the excitement about the tournament in the Californian desert is building up, for fans and players alike. It is one of the most anticipated events and all the top players from the men’s and women’s circuits compete for the honors.