Rafael Nadal: 'I am already looking forward to...'

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Rafael Nadal: 'I am already looking forward to...'

The year 2022 has certainly been good for a tennis player who owns a powerful serve and a huge serve, we are talking about Marin Cilic, who has climbed positions to number 17 in the ATP world rankings, thanks in part to the first semifinal he reached in his career on the clay of Roland Garros.

In an interview he gave to ATP Tennis Radio microphones, the 2014 US Open winner confirmed, in response to a question, that he usually watches the highlights of the Fantastic Four (Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray).

"Yes, I did," confesses Marin Cilic during the radio interview. "Very often I used to go on YouTube and watch highlights from many of his matches. Those were the high points of the sport. Roger, whose career was so long, I don't remember him so vividly (his beginnings of him).

2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 were some of the most incredible years of his." In general about tennis, Cilic opined: "I would say that in general tennis has not gotten out of hand. It's just the feeling of putting it all together and, in general, when you see tennis at a high level it seems quite easy.

Then you get to a few stages where it becomes more difficult to put these things together." The Croatian also answered the question about the possible retirement of him, a tennis player who rejuvenated this season with great results.

"I have no idea and I'm not trying to come up with a number, although the world of withdrawals has been very busy in recent months. This generation has produced so many incredible tennis players, including on the women's circuit.

I don't think about it, I go step by step and I look ahead", concluded the winner of the 2018 edition of the Davis Cup, who gave his opinion on a circuit that this year saw the farewell of Serena Williams, at the US Open, and Roger Federer, in the Laver Cup.

Nadal did manage to end his season on a high

Rafael Nadal has had his fair share of fitness issues this year, albeit less than what he faced in 2021. "I'm still a pro-athlete and I wish it lasts. I put effort so that it lasts as much as possible.

Retirement starts the day you start as there's one day less to reach it. But I'm not at that point, I work every day with the right energy to not be at that point yet. It will come though," the 36-year-old said. Rafael Nadal was recently named the men's ITF World Champion for 2022.

“I’m very happy to be named ITF World Champion for the fifth time," he said. "When I first won the award in 2008, I would not have expected to still be playing at such a high level 14 years later. It was really special to win the Australian Open for a second time, and of course to win Roland Garros.

I am really grateful for the support of my team and my fans around the world and, I am already looking forward to the 2023 season."

Rafael Nadal