'I make Rafael Nadal a small gesture to...', says former ATP ace

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'I make Rafael Nadal a small gesture to...', says former ATP ace

The top favorite of the tournament, the double finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas, had a very intense day before his debut in the current edition of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, which will take place tomorrow on the Rafael Nadal court.

Tsitsipas has trained with the intention of keeping intact the physical and tennis level that he has shown over the last few days 680 kilometers from Monte Carlo, the city where he won his second Masters 1000 after beating a brilliant Alexander Davidovich.

In addition to exercising, the Greek tennis player has responded to interview requests from various media outlets, greeting the top personalities of the RCTB and the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, such as Javier Godó, Count of Godó, Jordi Cambra, Xavier Pujol and David Ferrer.

After chatting for a few minutes by the pool, in the players' area, Tsitsipas attended the press conference to assess his career in recent weeks and, above all, his options in this tournament, assuring that, despite the absence of Rafa Nadal, "not at all" he feels the top favorite to lift the trophy next Sunday.

"I don't feel like a favorite at all. Nadal isn't there, but the tournament is still very tough," insisted the Greek tennis player (world number 5), who will debut against Belarusian Ilya Ivashka (world number 44).

Despite the busy day, the tennis player who managed to grip Rafa Nadal in the final last year for 3 hours and 38 minutes, has also had time to meet the smallest fans in the Fun Corner, signing autographs, becoming numerous ' selfies' and assuring them that he is going to give it his all on the track.

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Former World No. 10 Arnaud Clement has spoken of how he finds it "extraordinary" that Rafael Nadal has always been "extremely polite." "What I find extraordinary about Rafa is that he has always been a player, with his entourage, [who is] extremely polite," Clement said.

"He always comes to say hello, he comes to shake hands as he wins Grand Slams, tournaments every week, Masters 1000 all the time. I don't remember where it was, the day after one of his big victories, we were in the hotel lobby and then he sees me, our eyes meet, I make him a small gesture to greet him and then he crosses the whole hall to shake my hand.

So we respect each other, but I can't say we're close or anything, but here it is, it's Nadal, it's like that," Clement continued. "It's simplicity, we always say hello, whatever the time. Be it a difficult time, an exceptional moment in his career or that he was solicited for dozens of hours by the media from all over the world just before and well, that will not change anything in his attitude, which has always been the same."