'Rafael Nadal is willing to feel that pain and anxiety just to...', says legend

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'Rafael Nadal is willing to feel that pain and anxiety just to...', says legend

Everyone was in awe of Rafael Nadal's extraordinary start to the season. The former world number 1 has already scored three trophies this year, making for a memorable feat at the Australian Open. The Spanish phenomenon won 'Down Under' for the second time in his career, beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time rankings of the Majors.

The 35-year-old from Manacor will try to hoist himself to 22 Slams already at Roland Garros, where he will start with the underdogs. The number 4 ATP will be involved in the Indian Wells Masters 1000, while his presence in Miami is still uncertain.

His last appearance in Florida dates back to 2017, when the tournament was still taking place in Key Biscayne. There is no doubt that Rafa took advantage of Djokovic’s vaccine problems. The Serbian was unable to defend his title in Melbourne after a nearly two-week soap opera.

Speaking to Eurosport, Mats Wilander praised Nadal's ability to never give up.

Wilander reflects on Rafa Nadal

"Sure, there are some professors and scientists out there who never ever get bored of challenging themselves and finding the result of the next problem because it is mathematical or environmental.

For Rafael Nadal, it's the same thing," Wilander said. "I don't think there has ever been a professional tennis player, or any athlete, who finds it more enjoyable to feel fear, to be afraid of the outcome, to be nervous, to not really know what is at the end of the match, but is so in love with the problem-solving part of his profession that he is willing to feel that pain and anxiety just to find out what is just around the next corner," he added.

"At the next corner, there could be Mike Tyson. He can punch you in the face really hard and you might never stand up again," Wilander said. "But Rafael Nadal is willing to take that test." 26-year-old Bolivian tennis player, Sebastian Eguez, recently posted a photo on his Instagram, as he described his experience meeting Rafael Nadal.

According to Sebastian, he became completely speechless as Rafa said good morning to him. However, he did get a picture with Rafa as he posted with a hilarious caption. “Incredible to have a laugh with Rafa! I didn’t know he was there and when he said “Good Morning” I looked at him and I couldn’t answer a single word… He probably thinks I have ADHD!!” Sebastian Eguez wrote on Instagram.