Rafael Nadal: 'That is something temporary'

Nadal hasn't reached the final part of the clay season in the conditions he would have liked.

by Simone Brugnoli
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Rafael Nadal: 'That is something temporary'
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They are words to be listened to with great attention, which should be shared in every tennis school or sports center for the enormous teaching they leave, that life lesson that Rafael Nadal has shared in a recent event in Manacor.

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The champion of 22 Grand Slams remembered Roger Federer to explain how he wants to be remembered, beyond what they achieved on a tennis court. "I had a conversation recently with my friend and rival on the courts, Roger Federer, about a word that I think is very important: legacy.

We agreed on something that seemed important to us: How do we want to be remembered in the years to come, how do we want future generations to see us," explained the owner of 14 Roland Garros titles.

Rafael Nadal doesn't want to give up

Rafael Nadal did not reach the latter part of the clay season in the condition he would have liked, but the signals he received from the body at Roland Garros-despite his debut loss to Alexander Zverev-were extremely positive.

The Spanish champion will evaluate his conditions at the end of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, where he will have the opportunity to represent Spain in both singles and doubles, forming a dream team with Carlos Alcaraz.

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Rafael Nadal went into more detail, noting that all his records can be surpassed, but there is something that will last forever in people's memories.

"We both had a very clear answer: Yes, it's good that our successes, titles and records are recognised. But that, at the end of the day, is something temporary, since throughout history others (tennis players) will come and surpass them.

As it should be. The important thing is what remains forever in the memory. And that's why both Roger and I agree that we would like to be remembered as good people," Rafael Nadal concluded. Rafael Nadal is preparing for the 2024 Paris Olympics, where he will play doubles with Carlos Alcaraz, as well as singles, at the same venue where Roland Garros is being held.

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