Rafael Nadal makes deeply honest confession regarding his Slam numbers

Nadal won his first Slam title at 19 and today he has 22 Majors in his collection.

by Dzevad Mesic
Rafael Nadal makes deeply honest confession regarding his Slam numbers
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Rafael Nadal revealed he thought his first Grand Slam win would also be his last and admitted to feeling "amazing" every time he would win his next Slam. In 2005 - just two days after turning 19 - Nadal became a Grand Slam champion after beating Mariano Puerta 6-7 6-3 6-1 7-5.

Since then, Nadal has won 21 more Grand Slam titles and today he is second on the all-time Slam list with his 22 Majors. "When I was a kid, I never said to myself 'I want to win a Grand Slam, I want to win Grand Slams, I want to be the best'

I was thinking about the tournament of the next week. When I won my first Grand Slam, I thought it was going to be the only one I'd win. And then, every time, I won a Grand Slam. I was amazed, I thought, now I can really relax.

It'll probably be my last one. Now I've achieved something and that's already huge," Nadal told Eurosport's Alize Lim.

Lim thinks Nadal 'must have ambitions deep down on his return'

After announcing his comeback would start at the Brisbane International, Nadal also claimed he doesn't have any major expectations but "just aspires to be competitive." Throughout his career, Nadal has been known as one of the biggest competitors and his goals have always been the highest.

But during the injury period in 2023, Nadal suggested several times that expecting to win a Slam in his return may be too much. "He's someone who lives in the moment, in the here and now, and that's his strength. I think he must have ambitions deep down on his return.

I get the impression that it's not him now who's talking like that…he's shown me in the discussion, and that's what I deeply felt, that in fact that's what the Rafa mentality was all along, that's how Rafa worked," Lim told Eurosport.

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