Jaume Munar: 'It feels special to have Rafael Nadal behind me'

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Jaume Munar: 'It feels special to have Rafael Nadal behind me'

Jaume Munar credited the Rafa Nadal Academy for his improvements on the ATP Tour. This year the Spaniard won his first main draw Grand Slam match beating David Ferrer in the French Open first round and only lost to Novak Djokovic in the second round.

Munar also cracked the top 100 rankings and this week he is competing at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. 'Coming to the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar was a radical change', said Munar as quoted by AS. 'Coming back to Mallorca was a great change, not only on a professional level but also personal.

Being close to my family was one of the things that motivated me. In the Academy, I felt comfortable with everyone, both with the ones who always work with me on the court like Pedro Clar and Tomeu Salvá, and the academy fitness trainee Domingo Roselló.

It helps me to improve, it's great.' Opening up furthermore on his relationship and comparison with Nadal, interviewed by Sport 360 Munar added: 'It’s different, starting with the fact that Rafa got his first Roland Garros at 19 while I’m still here fighting to get into the top 100, I think there is no real or good comparison.

But anyway it feels special to have Rafa behind me, mentoring me. He’s trying to help as much as he can, I’m also working with one of his best friends on my team. Of course, it’s special to have Rafa just in front, but I cannot be compared to one that is that big and important in tennis and in sports.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer explains why he is not the greatest player ever