Rafael Nadal: 'When I was a kid, I was a big fan of...'

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Rafael Nadal: 'When I was a kid, I was a big fan of...'

Rafael Nadal's fans were greatly saddened when their idol announced the premature end of his season just before the US Open. The former world number 1 played the misery of seven official tournaments in 2021, collecting a couple of trophies (Barcelona and Rome) but failing the appointment with the 14th seal at Roland Garros.

A foot injury severely limited him during his Paris clay campaign, a feeling that became tangible in the semi-final against Novak Djokovic. The Spanish champion has decided to skip both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics in an attempt to recover a good form, then returning to the hard courts in Washington.

However, a couple of meetings were enough for him to understand that the problem was not solved. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has already resumed training and will return to the field in 2022, but we will have to wait a few weeks to get a clearer picture of the situation.

In a recent interview with 'Number Web', the 35-year-old from Manacor revealed that he has been a huge tennis fan since he was very young.

Fans hope that Rafael Nadal recovers soon

In a recent interview to NumberWeb, Rafael Nadal revealed that he has been a huge tennis fan right from his childhood.

He recalled that he always enjoyed the matches between tennis legends, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, as he would learn so many things from them. “When I was a kid, I was a big fan of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, and I loved watching the match between them.

I learned an aggressive playing style from Sampras and a fighting spirit from Agassi. The match between them was very inspiring as they are two different types,” said Nadal in the interview. (Translated via Google Translate) “Of course, I was also influenced by my current coach Carlos Moya from Spain.

Going back further in history, I like the game of Ilie Nastase,” added the 20-time Grand Slam champion. Rafael Nadal recently showered praise on his rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, labeling them both "perfect" players.

Nadal further claimed that Djokovic has "no weaknesses" and is capable of playing his best tennis on all surfaces. "He's (Novak Djokovic) a perfect tennis player with no weaknesses," Rafael Nadal said.

"Whether it's a clay court, a turf court, or a hard court, he's capable. And this year, he's been astoundingly solid. Even on days when things seem to be out of order, the energy of the feeling that I will definitely win makes up."