Promising Hong Kong junior Coleman Wong Chak-lam recently had a chance to watch Rafael Nadal train and he was impressed by how committed and dedicated Nadal was to training. “The training and atmosphere is very good and our goal is to win a grand slam, so everyone is very focused,” Wong told on.cc.
“[Nadal] really trains for a long time. He was still practising when we were taking a break. I asked him once, ‘what were you doing at my age?’ and he said ‘at your age, I was about to win the senior French Open’”.
Wong, 17, won the US Open boys' doubles title at last year's US Open. Now, Wong is preparing to kick off his Australian boys' singles campaign on Sunday.
Wong reveals the advice Nadal gave him
“Train yourself every day, follow what your coach says, and most importantly, give everything your all and with no regrets," Wong revealed.
Meanwhile, Nadal is making a nice progress in Melbourne as he has been through to the Australian Open round-of-16. After his latest win, Nadal was asked about the progress he has made on hard over the years. "Of course, I was not the best player on hard because for a lot of moments of my career probably Roger and Novak had been a little bit better than me on this surface, without a doubt," Nadal said.
"But I was able to compete well during all these years, was able to win a couple of very important tournaments." Also, Nadal admitted he had to make changes to his hard court game earlier in his career. "On hard? I don't know," he said.
"I think during the years I needed to adapt a little bit my game to it because I had a lot of problems, physical problems, so I needed to find a ways to be competitive and to play sometimes more aggressive because I was not able to move that fast like in the beginning."