Rafael Nadal has arrived in Italy for the Rome Masters 1000. However, before starting to play the first matches of the tournament, the Spanish champion was invited by Fabio Fazio on Che Tempo che Fa on Rai 3. Showcase that has already welcomed other tennis players: from Serena Williams to Novak Djokovic.
"How am I? Well, I'm happy to be back in Rome, at the Foro Italico. It's a special place for me. Fourteen years ago, I asked my wife to marry me in this city "- said the Spaniard, in excellent Italian-. When the presenter asked him about his goals, the Spanish number one wanted to go beyond tennis.
"The most important thing for me is happiness. My life has many more important things than tennis. It is true that tennis is an important part of my life, I started when I was three years old, but the most important thing is happiness and having the chance to improve as a person," Nadal said.
With his future goals in mind, the interview turned to the bitter moments, including injuries and broken rackets. "Many good things have happened in my career, but injuries have also enhanced the things that have happened, in the end I am a very lucky person," said Nadal, who then went on to talk about the importance of behavior in the tennis court, "I hope to finish my career without breaking rackets until the end of my career.
It's important to stay in control, especially when it comes to your own frustrations." Always referring to the past, the former world number one spoke of the importance of his uncle Toni: "My uncle was the most important person in my sporting life.
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Rafael Nadal overcame John Isner in his opening match at the 2022 Italian Open on Wednesday. "Super lucky, I know how dangerous he is, I need to play better than today, but, you know, after a while without being on court, it's another victory, and now tomorrow again is a chance again to play against one of the best players in the world, another good test, let's see, I need to build again after a tough stop and that's what I'm trying to stay with the right attitude and let's see if I'm able to make that happen."
Rafael Nadal was also asked if he sensed the disappointment in John Isner's face early on in the first set and if that led to him stamping his authority in the match. The Spaniard responded by saying his focus was only on his own game.
"I don't know, I just focus on myself. I just focus on try to keep going. I knew I had to do things better than what I did doing. And I'm gonna practice to try to do it better and better."