Rafael Nadal recalls: 'Passion for the game has always been there, despite setbacks'

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Rafael Nadal recalls: 'Passion for the game has always been there, despite setbacks'

Rafael Nadal will finish the season inside the top-10 for the 17th consecutive season despite playing under 30 matches in 2021. Struggling with injuries, the 20-time Major champion had to skip the last chapter of the current season, working hard on the return and hoping for a fresh start in 2022.

Securing the status of one of the greatest players of all time a long time ago, Nadal is still passionate about tennis at 35, getting back where he belongs after Roland Garros 2017 and remaining in the top-2 for four years.

Nadal has always had massive support from his team and family despite many injuries and setbacks, working hard and staying humble on his incredible path towards greatness.

Rafael Nadal is proud of the way his career has developed.

Rafa spoke about his career at the end of 2020 at the Paris Masters, achieving a massive record in the second round against Feliciano Lopez and reminding everyone about his passion for the game and desire to push himself forward and always give his best on the court.

Nadal secured the 1000th ATP win against the fellow Spaniard, beating him 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 to become the fourth player with that many ATP wins in the Open era. Rafa fended off three out of four break chances and wasted opportunities in set number two before clinching it in the tie break to stay alive.

The younger Spaniard grabbed an early break in the third set and served well to bring the victory home in the tenth game and celebrate a massive record reserved only for Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Roger Federer before him.

"I'm proud of many things in my career. I faced injuries during different parts of it, and I have always held a passion for the game and what I do. In the toughest moments of my tennis journey, I stayed hungry to keep going and humbled to accept all the challenges and the fact that things were not going the way that I expected in some moments.

People around me and my family have always supported me, and nothing of this would not be possible without them," Rafael Nadal said.