Rafael Nadal: 'I have no advice for him about pressure'

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Rafael Nadal: 'I have no advice for him about pressure'

Rafael Nadal is one of the main attractions of the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati, the last big appointment before the US Open. The former world number 1 has not yet completely disposed of his abdominal injury, but wants to get back in the game and test his physique two weeks before the start of the last major of the season.

The Spanish phenomenon, who has triumphed only once in Ohio back in 2013, will face the winner of the match between Borna Coric and Lorenzo Musetti on Wednesday. 2022 was full of satisfactions for the Majorcan, capable of winning two Grand Slam titles.

The 36-year-old Iberian won both the Australian Open and Roland Garros, hoisting himself to 22 Majors and reaching his eternal rivals in the all-time ranking. The 36-year-old from Manacor also tried the big shot at Wimbledon, but a tear in his abs forced him to forgo the semi-final against Nick Kyrgios.

During the pre-tournament press conference, Rafa was asked to give advice to his young compatriot Carlos Alcaraz. The Murciano player was unable to handle the pressure in Montreal, leaving the scene on his debut against Tommy Paul.

Rafa Nadal talks about Alcaraz

“I know that Carlos Alcaraz is well surrounded, I don't worry about him. Anyway, I have no advice for Alcaraz about pressure. On the other hand, when you are on the rise, when your ranking is progressing quickly, you play quietly just with the desire to do well, to perform well.

And then, one day, you realize that you are one of the best players in the world and your approach changes. You think you have to win, that it makes sense to beat a lower ranked player than you. What I can only say is that in tennis, at the end of the week, only one person lifts the trophy.

Once you have understood this well, the famous pressure management is different” - Rafael Nadal said. Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the Western & Southern Open, Nadal said he had "plenty" of memories of having shared the tennis court with Serena Williams.

“Plenty of memories,” Nadal said. “She is one of the greatest sports [people] of all time. I feel lucky to share a tour for a long period of time with her. Of course, from a selfish point of view it’s sad that she’s leaving the tour but, on the other hand, we can’t thank her enough for all the things that she did for our sport”.