Rafael Nadal happy his sacrifices are paying off

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Rafael Nadal happy his sacrifices are paying off

Record 21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal is happy to see all of his sacrifices paying off as he is hoping to win a record 14th French Open title on Sunday. After missing the beginning of the clay season due to a rib stress fracture and then being hampered by a foot pain in Madrid and Rome, Nadal gave his best to play at Roland Garros and now he has been through to the final.

On Sunday, Nadal will be taking on Casper Ruud in his 14th French Open final. "As I said, I explained everything going through my mind after Rome, and nothing change. At the same time, I was not very positive after that about my foot, but I was positive that I will be able to play here," Nadal said, per Sportskeeda.

"And here I am. I played, I fighted, I did all the things possible to give myself at least a chance to be where I am and happy of course to be able to give myself another chance to play on second Sunday here in the final of Roland Garros, no?"

Nadal: I needed to make sacrifices and I'm happy it is paying off

Some feared Nadal might be forced to skip this year's French Open.

Fortunately for tennis fans all around the world, Nadal was able to compete at Roland Garros and the rest is pretty much history. "So that means a lot to me," Nadal added. "And even if all the sacrifices and all the things that I need to go through to try to keep playing, really makes sense when you enjoy moments like I'm enjoying in this tournament."

One of the reasons why 36-year-old Nadal is still giving his best is because he loves the game. "It's about every day. No, I mean, it's not about things that you need to prove. It's about how much you enjoy doing what you are doing or if you don't enjoy, then is another story, no?" Nadal explained.