Former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal says he was lucky to have the help from someone like Carlos Moya while he was a kid. Moya, a former world No. 1, is now a part of Nadal's coaching staff. Nadal, 35, had a chance to often practice with Moya while he was a kid.
Moya is 10 years older than Nadal. "Well, I think I was very lucky when I was a kid that I was able to practice very often with Carlos Moya, that today is my coach," Nadal said during his conversation with junior Isaiah Mbani for the Australian Open YouTube channel, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
"I was next to him and he is from Mallorca, my island where I live, and I [had] a very positive example next to me when I was a kid - [has] been very positive."
Nadal feeling blessed
Nadal achieved his dream of becoming a pro tennis player.
Now, Nadal is one of the most accomplished players in tennis history. "I play tennis since I was a kid," Nadal said. " I feel very lucky that today my job is one of my hobbies. I think I always enjoyed playing tennis.
Since I was a kid, I played with a lot of intensity and passion and I enjoy it. And I made a lot of friends around the world." During the conversation, Nadal was asked by Mbani what advice he would give to his nine-year-old self.
"I don't know, just enjoy," Nadal said. "Because when you [are] nine years old, I think the most important thing is if you like the sport, or just try your best. But enjoy with your friends because that's what you have to do at that age."
Nadal made tennis history on Sunday as he broke the all-time Grand Slam after beating Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final. Nadal now has 21 Grand Slams in his collection.