'I think Rafael Nadal demands one more step from you', says ATP ace

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'I think Rafael Nadal demands one more step from you', says ATP ace

Two left-handed, both of the same nationality and with the forehand as their best weapon. The rivalry between Fernando Verdasco and Rafael Nadal has stood out for several years and has always been exciting, especially because the two are compatriots and have sometimes decided to play doubles together.

The 37-year-old, who is trying to return to all intents and purposes in the major circuit and to be the protagonist in prestigious tournaments, told about himself and went back to the fairly recent past in an exclusive interview with Punto de Break.

The Madrid native, who boasts 7 ATP titles and also reached the seventh position of the world ranking in 2009, has pushed himself in the prestigious events (Grand Slams) up to a semifinal at the Australian Open and the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the US Open.

In the French Open, however, he never went beyond the fourth round, but won in six editions.

Verdasco praises Rafa Nadal

Fernando Verdasco recently said Rafael Nadal is the toughest opponent he has faced in his entire career, while joking about how dominant he has been at Roland Garros.

"Being at 100% at all times, I think Rafa demands one more step from you, both physically and mentally," Verdasco said. According to the 37-year-old, Spain has had so many good players over the years that there are many different perspectives on who is the most gifted of all.

"I imagine this will depend a lot on who says it, others will say that Feliciano (Lopez) has more talent, others will say that Rafael Nadal," Verdasco said. "In Spain we have had the great luck of having several generations with brutal talent; if you listen to foreigners talking about us you will see that they tend to define us as gladiators, as physically tough guys."

There were quite a few interesting matches this season. However, the one that the people will remember for years and years to come was the match between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at the French Open 2021. The match ended in the Serbian star’s favor, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-2.

Speaking about his loss against Djokovic, he said, “In mid-June, when I lost to Novak Djokovic in the French Open semi-finals, I realized I was tired. I decided to take a short break to recover. I’m not 20 years old.

It’s important not to push yourself to the limit to prevent injury”. It is a rare sight to see Nadal lose at Roland Garros. Djokovic has done it once previously but failed to go the distance. However, this year, he went on to win the title.