In an interview to Mundo Deportivo, the former Spanish player Manuel Orantes commented on Rafael Nadal's legacy in tennis. "He is by far the greatest player ever on clay. Also, he has won all the big titles on all the surfaces with the credit of having coincided with the four best players of all time.
They have an impressive level. Winning all this competing with Federer, Djokovic and Murray has an impressive value. It's clear that we are living the best tennis of all time", said Orantes. Asked what he likes about tennis now, Orantes replied: "I like everything, especially the professionalism, the level of the players increased so much.
In the past, the top ten or five players played well but there was a difference with the others. Now you see the world No. 1000 hitting and you are like: "Look, it seems he plays in the same way!" Then it's the mentality that makes a difference.
Tennis improved a lot with those rackets. Hitting the ball with those wooden rackets was a disaster." He also recalled an unforgettable day: "On the day of the World Cup in Dusseldorf in 1978, I could not move three fingers and I had to head into the court with a slept hand, it lasted almost an hour and I lost the first set, but we won."
He also recalled his 1976 ATP Finals title: "At the time it was not played on hard courts, we only had clay. I had played seven ATP Finals in a row, and the year I won was a personal satisfaction, achieving a thing that I did not have in my mind. On clay, I was able to win."