In an interview with ABC, Rafael Nadal commented on his availability with fans and people who love him. The 17-time Grand Slam winner said: "In my life, I have been used to it for a lot of years and I am very grateful to all the people who supports and follows me.
Stopping to sign autographs or taking a photo when someone asks me for it is normal!" Nadal also added, "I do not consider myself as a hero of anything. I do not think about it. It may look strange, but I always feel very loved and supported, and I can only thank for all the support of everyone in Spain.
I do not think if I am the best Spanish sportsman in history. I may be it. But I do not think about it. I am happy doing what I do, it does not worry me if I am or not. But I do not feel a hero or more special than any other. I play tennis.
I did very well for a lot of years but I just played tennis. I did not invent anything, but I was just a tennis player and I did it well. What pleases me is just to feel people's support because it means that I did things well, and not just on-court.
I was a close person, a person who normally behaved well. I like it. I go by streets in Spain or in the airports and I feel this support, feeling loved is a very good feeling. In the end, I (live) a completely normal life."