Spanish tennis star Paula Badosa has a great admiration for Rafael Nadal as she admits she draws inspiration from her follow compatriot. Nadal, 35, is the greatest Spanish tennis player of all-time and many think he should ačsp considered as the GOAT after breaking the all-time Grand Slam record at the Australian Open.
One of the things that Badosa finds impressive about Nadal is his mental strength. Nadal was down by two sets in the Australian Open final but pulled off a stunning comeback to beat world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev in five sets.
"Rafael Nadal is the reference point for me. He is a worker, a fighter and has a great mentality. I admire him more and more. Results-wise, I'm never going to get close to him, but now I'm one of the best in the world, I can understand the pressures you have when you’re at that level and can see how well he manages it," Badosa told Eurosport.
"It seems to me that he is not from this planet mentally and that is even more inspirational. He has always been an example that I have looked at when I have faced difficult moments and if I want to emulate someone, it is Nadal."
Badosa hoping to become a Grand Slam champion
Badosa enjoyed a breakout season last year, when she won her maiden Masters title in Indian Wells, debuted at the WTA Finals and broke into the top-10 for the first time in her career.
Badosa, who entered this season aiming to lift her maiden Grand Slam title this year, suffered a round-of-16 defeat to Madison Keys at the Australian Open. "To be the best in the world is something I have always dreamed of, but my first dream since I was very little was to win a Grand Slam. That’s the reason I wake up every morning, to hopefully become a Grand Slam champion one day," Badosa said.