Tennis fans are well aware of Rafael Nadal's passion for football and especially for Real Madrid. Through his Twitter profile, Rafael dedicated nice words to Real Madrid soccer star Karim Benzema. “I have always admired Karim Benzema as a player, having shown passion and professionalism despite the years.
I wish him good luck and hope he can fulfill his dream of winning the Ballon d'Or in 2021," Nadal tweeted. Rafa has always been a master at managing his emotions on and off the pitch. "When you play, even if the stakes are high, you have to control your mood.
I learned to enter the field with positive feelings. Maintaining confidence is very important, even when the situation is not ideal. I love to compete, but I understand that you have to control yourself. I've never lost my temper or broken a scandal.
I follow the same principle when I play golf or soccer with my friends,” Nadal explained in a recent interview with Number Web. It was not too lucky a 2021 for Rafael Nadal, who struggles with a series of physical problems.
Pain in the back and foot prevented the Spanish champion from reaching 100% fitness, despite the two titles won respectively in Barcelona and Rome. The former world number 1 failed in the assault on his 14th Roland Garros, having had to surrender to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.
The 35-year-old from Manacor has missed both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, hoping to get back in good shape on the hardcourt of North America.
Verdasco pays tribute to Rafa
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.
Verdasco also talked about his matchup against Roger Federer, claiming that he wouldn't have had zero wins against the Swiss if he had played against him more often. "Rafael Nadal has won Roland Garros 1000 times (laughs)," Verdasco said.
"The toughest tournament mentally and physically in the world, but other Spaniards have dominated it before, this is seen in the history of tennis." According to Verdasco, while Nadal may not play as beautifully as Federer, his ability to lift his game at the important junctures sets him apart from everyone else.
"Technically it can be more or less showy, everyone says that Roger Federer is the most elegant, the one who plays the most beautiful," Verdasco said. "Rafa does not play as beautiful as Roger, but Rafa in important moments he arrives from outside the court and hits a forehand on the run from outside the net... and you are stunned.