Rafael Nadal got praised by the American player Steve Johnson for his great mentality. Answering fans questions, Johnson was asked who is the toughest player to mentally deal with it. And the world No.
33 indicated just Nadal. 'Probably Rafa. He’s kind of tough. Doesn’t ever seem to give up', admitted Johnson, who faced Nadal only once, in the 2015 Madrid second round prevailing in straight sets, 6-4 6-3.
When will he cut his beard? 'Probably until my sisters wedding until after the US Open. It’s a good look for my face. Not too many people couod pull this off or live the lifestyle necessary for mustachery.' Johnson played at college level until a few years ago.
He then turned a professional in 2012 at 22 years of age. What is his best college match memory? 'Our last team final. That was fun because that’s what it all came down in 2012', Johnson replied. If you were a breakfast pastry, what would you be? 'It’s gotta be a giant chocolate chip pancake.
It’s more America than a croissant.' Johnson is seeking his third title this year after Houston on clay in April (defeated his compatriot Tennys Sandgren in a three-set final to defend his title) and Newport on grass (he beat Ramkumar Ramanathan in three sets as well to win fourth career-title).