In an interview to EFE after winning his 12th French Open title, Rafael Nadal was asked if he had time to look at the Spanish newspapers that put the 33-year-old on the first page. "I have not seen anything, I had no time.
I usually read the news and I see things about me but I am not a big follower of Reading a lot what they tell about me. I usually read the headlines and some article in particular, but a lot. Both when things go bad and when they go very well.
What makes me satisfied is what I did, more than what they can say. The recognition is one of the most beautiful things you can have. I have to thank for the support that the media gave me, they always behaved well with me."
How can someone be feet grounded? "I think it's difficult when you are 19 or 20 years old when you start. There are people who go through it. But at 33 it's not the time to fall on those things. I had people who gave me the right education to avoid it.
Luckily, I was also humble enough or respectful to listen." Is humility the only way to win 12 French Open titles? "So far yes because I was the only one who did it. But there are many ways to reach success. Not all the best sportsmen in history are humble.
They are definitely hard workers, but some of them do not need to be humble to triumph as athletes. You need to work and be dedicated."