Rafael Nadal explains how to make friends and influence people

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Rafael Nadal explains how to make friends and influence people

20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has many big rivals on the court but off the court he prefers to have a good relationship with fellow Tour colleagues. Nadal, 35, has always enjoyed a strong reputation on the Tour as many players have stated the Spaniard is a great person on and off the court.

"I always had a big respect and a very good relationship with my rivals, no? In my opinion, I believe the life is much better when you have a good relationship with everybody, especially in the locker room," Nadal said, per Tennis Majors.

"That was like this during all my tennis career, with some very casual exceptions for some moments. That’s my philosophy, no? It’s better to have a good relationship with everybody because then you are happier."

Nadal makes a positive start at the Australian Open

On Monday, Nadal saw off Marcos Giron 6-1 6-4 6-2 to reach the Australian Open second round. In the opening week of the season, Nadal captured the Melbourne Summer Set title in his first tournament since August.

Before the start of the Australian Open, Nadal spoke about his desire to make a successful comeback. “Unfortunately, I’ve gone through this situation a couple of times in my career,” Nadal said, “But you never know.

The day will arrive that a comeback will be impossible. But I just want to try again, no? I want to give my best. I want to give myself a chance to keep enjoying this beautiful sport, to keep fighting for the things that I have been fighting for for the last 16 years.

“Sometimes it’s difficult when you’re going through a lot of physical issues. [It’s] been a very challenging time for me. The last year and a half with my foot, I have been suffering a lot. I think I hold a positive attitude and the working spirit all the time. That’s probably why I’m here today”.