'I think I inspire myself from Rafael Nadal', says ATP star

Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal is riding high into the new year

by Simone Brugnoli
'I think I inspire myself from Rafael Nadal', says ATP star

After months of absence from the circuit due to physical problems, the Spanish champion and twenty times winner of Slam tournaments Rafael Nadal is back in great shape by winning the ATP 250 tournament in Melbourne. The Spaniard appeared rusty, especially in the first few races, but slowly grew and managed (also thanks to the not excellent level of his opponents) to take home his 89 career title.

Thanks to this success, Rafa has won at least one title on the ATP circuit for nineteen consecutive years. At the end of the match won in the final against Maxime Cressy for two sets, Nadal spoke like this in the conference: "I am very happy to start this season with a won tournament and so I can add another season by winning at least one title.

Thinking about where I come from, this is all very special and I think that in the final today I played my best match of the tournament. I can say it's a positive start, I've had some difficult times and there were also doubts if I could still compete on the circuit.

My family and my team supported me a lot and I continued to do my best, even in the worst moments " Then the Spanish tennis player continued: "I don't want to say that I deserve it, but I'm really satisfied with my attitude and the way I lived this difficult stage.

I have always maintained a very positive spirit and a great passion so that I could return to the field. This title helps me move forward, but this is just the beginning. I really want to keep improving and always try to do my best."

Nadal is riding high into the new year

Maxime Cressy heaped lavish praise on Rafael Nadal after winning his first-round match at the Sydney International.

"I think I inspire myself from Rafa. I was impressed by his attitude and his dedication to always be prepared and no matter what be very vigilant, and I think I'm inspiring myself from him, and to be always disciplined," Maxime Cressy said.

"Everyone is good and everyone can play well, and I always have to play my best tennis of the day." During his press conference, Maxime Cressy claimed he was "a little excited" after his match against Rafael Nadal in Melbourne, but in the same breath admitted that the defeat was a "little painful." "Yeah, of course I was a little excited after the Rafa match.

A little painful match for me, but I moved on pretty quickly," Maxime Cressy said. "Yesterday I was a bit excited, but I got myself down really quickly. I knew that if I wasn't able to get to neutral position, today would not have gone well."

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