Rafael Nadal: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic made me better player

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Rafael Nadal: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic made me better player

20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal insists staying down-to-earth as a successful tennis player has never been a problem for him. Nadal, 35, is one of the most accomplished players in tennis history. "I don't find it difficult.

That's the way I am. I'm a very normal person who was lucky enough to be able to have a job that I love. And where I was also successful. I'm just thankful for that," Nadal told Sport Bild.

Nadal also showed appreciation for Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, admitting they made him a better player.

Also, Nadal thinks he made Federer and Djokovic better players. "I'm sure Roger and Novak have made me a better player. And I made them better. We had and have great moments and I think the fans enjoy our rivalry," Nadal admitted.

Nadal on the GOAT debate

"I'm glad my name is coming up in this discussion (laughs)," Nadal said.

During his interview with Sport Bild, Nadal was asked if there was a chance of seeing him coaching after his career.

"I have the world-class tennis academy in Mallorca with a system based on my experience and that of my team. I don't rule anything out: Never say never," Nadal said.

Meanwhile, Nadal is preparing to start his Australian Open campaign against Marcos Giron.

A few days ago, Boris Becker said Nadal can win the Australian Open and noted Nadal will never be a dark horse in his eyes. "As long as Rafael Nadal plays tennis and gets the chance, he is never a dark horse for me, but always one of the tournament favourites,” Becker told Eurosport Germany’s Das Gelbe vom Ball podcast.

“I think that in the back of his mind he just wants to win [the French Open] again. But he has to play tournaments first, preferably a Grand Slam. “He has no pressure, nobody expects anything from him."