Interviewed by Movistar, which is the main sponsor of his academy, Rafael Nadal recalled his great 2017 season in which he won two Majors: at the French and US Opens, and four other titles. All of these also helped him become the world no. 1 again.
'I am happy to feel that I am competitive again and that I have a great level,' said Nadal, who was recently named the best athlete of the year of Balearic Islands. 'My goal was, If I keep playing as I did on hard courts also on clay, I may have the chance to do something really important. Winning ten French Open titles is very special, something difficult to achieve. I think it's the most special achievement for me.'
Asked when he realized he could be no. 1 again, Nadal indicated that he felt so in April, after the Miami Open: 'During the clay swing, I was seeing how things were evolving and (Novak) Djokovic and (Andy) Murray weren't in the best form. I was second in the (ATP Race) and I told Toni: "Well, if I play well on clay, I can be no. 1''. Then when I won Roland Garros, I really had chances.'