Former world No. 39 Horacio Zeballos stunned Rafael Nadal in three sets in the 2013 Vina del Mar final and afterward found it funny when some people wondered who he was. "There are only three other players who defeated Nadal in a final on clay, and they are Djokovic, Federer and Murray," Zeballos acknowledged, per Punto de Break.
After he beat Nadal, Granollers remembers reading comments and most of them were like: "And who is this Zeballos?" At one point of the final, Toni Nadal shouted: "Come on, Rafa." Since Zeballos was close to Uncle Toni, he had a funny message for him.
"At one point I look at him and say: "Come on, Toni, he has already won many tournaments, let me win this one, I haven't won any yet." He was dying of laughter," Zeballos revealed.
Nadal working on a comeback
Nadal called it a season in August but he is hoping to be ready for the Australian Open.
"I think everybody has some problems,” Nadal explained to Formula 1 star Nico Rosberg during their recent conversation. “And especially sports people who bring the mental and physical parts [of themselves] to the limit.
“When you get a bit older, the feelings are different in all terms. But at the same time, even today, I had a very tough period of time in terms of my foot injury. “So I need to come back hopefully by the beginning of next year”.
Jim Courier, a former world No. 1, believes Nadal is still a slight favorite over Novak Djokovic at the French Open. "And for Rafa how he is going to respond, how his foot is going to respond after sitting out a lot this season trying to fix that after it went out on him at Roland Garros.
He is still the favorite at Roland Garros. Slighlty, slightly over Novak -- assuming they are both healthy. And Novak is probably the favorite everywhere else -- certainly at Wimbledon," Courier said on Tennis Channel.