Even before the undoubted technical characteristics that have made him one of the strongest players and the one with the most slams in history, one of the main characteristics of Rafael Nadal is certainly the extreme elegance that he has always distinguished.
Nadal, on and off the court, has never had enemies, but only opponents, who very often had to bow to the Spanish tennis player. Over the years, the Manacor champion has received one certificate of esteem after another from those who have had the opportunity to deal with him, both on the court and during meetings outside the court.
The last to testify the greatness of the 21 times slam champion was the former Cypriot tennis player Marcos Baghdatis who, in a speech to Tennis.com podcast, as quoted on We Love Tennis, defined himself as a fan of Nadal and his attitude always flawless of him.
Marcos Baghdatis: "Rafa Nadal is the best in everything"
The former world number eight emphasized Nadal’s class and composure throughout his career: "I love Rafa's attitude, I think, for me, he is the best in everything.
You never see him complain, he is always there, fighting and not throwing rackets. He is so composed, so professional, he shows a lot of class on the court." The former Cypriot tennis player then spoke of the domination, in the last twenty years, of the Big 3, who have cannibalized the Tour, leaving only the crumbs to the many talents who have shared their careers with them and who probably, in their absence , they would have won more.
"In my day, to win a Grand Slam, you had to beat at least one or two of these monsters. There were so many talented guys who could have won a major. We think of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gaël Monfils, Kei Nishikori, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych, while Marin Cilic managed to take his chance at the US Open 2014.
The players I mentioned have not been able to win a single Grand Slam because of the Big 3. Murray himself has lost many semi-finals and finals against them."