In an interview to Banco Sabadell Rafael Nadal recalled when he played a tournament in Vigo in 2002 as a 16-year-old. Speaking last week, Nadal said: "I have a great memory. It was one of the first tournaments that I played at mid-professional level.
I remember the hotel was in front of the sea and I felt very comfortable over the week. We went to the tournament and then to dinner. I have a great memory. I was eating sweets, now I eat less because I have to care more about myself.
The values of my life keep being the same. The basic change is the experience and the general knowledge that your job gives you." Nadal was also asked what his ambitions were: "At the time I was not even prepared to dream with winning a French Open.
I was living the day by day. At the time for me winning the Vigo title was a dream. That was my reality back in the day. Then things go changing, improving, evolving. But I never thought too much beyond. I tried living and competing the moment, without never losing the main goal, which I still keep I think, waking up every day and going training with the same excitement."
Nadal always stood out for his humility: "I always had doubts. When I was 16 years old and I was coming to Vigo when I won a lot... But doubts are good."