Spanish tennis star Paula Badosa said she was shocked after witnessing what Rafael Nadal pulled off at the Australian Open and admitted that she is inspired by her fellow compatriot. Nadal, 35, appeared to be on the brink of losing the Australian Open but then pulled off a stunning comeback to beat world No.
2 Daniil Medvedev 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5. Nadal captured a record 21st Grand Slam title after beating Medvedev. Badosa is a big admirer of Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as she doesn't want any of them to retire.
"I was shocked after watching the match. I'm still shocked. It was amazing to see him win a match after losing the first two sets. It's not really surprising because it's Rafa, but he did it against the number two in the world.
I have no words. Nadal is an inspiration to me. He is my idol. Seeing him do this gives me goosebumps. He is a very important person for our country and for the world of sport. I hope that neither Nadal, Federer or Djokovic will retire from professional tennis.
. They are amazing," Badosa said, per Punto de Break.
Badosa enters the top-5
Badosa broke into the top-10 late last year and now she is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 5 in the world. Badosa admits that she is very happy and proud of herself after entering the top-5.
This is incredible. I am very happy about it. Very proud of myself. I did not expect that I could climb so many positions in this last year. It is an incredible feeling to be able to be so high in the ranking and be seeded in the vast majority of tournaments I play.
Now I'm here in Dubai, a tournament I dream of being able to win. I really like the city, the weather and I've trained here several times. It's a very nice place to be," Badosa said.