In a column for El Mundo, the former world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero commented on Rafael Nadal's 12th French Open title. "People have criticized and they do not understand tennis too much. Rafa Nadal was seeing himself very motivated.
Although many people do not accept that he cannot absolutely win all the matches he plays on clay. He is mentally very good. And he knows that when he is at 100 percent, he always have his chances. And he keeps fighting. Every day.
He saw himself prepared and he showed to be unbeatable. Winning 12 French Opens is something that goes beyond any limit. We are very lucky in Spain to have someone who achieved it. And that's not ended. His career will be longer.
I do not know when all this will end. But I think he will compete until his legs do not cause him issues. Players like Rafa, Djokovic and Federer fight to win Grand Slams. When the time where they cannot play at this level anymore comes, where they do not see themselves as favorites in the big tournaments, they will start thinking about other things.
But as long as they are there, whether it's on hard court, grass or clay, like Nadal is doing, they will never have a reason to leave it. The farewell time seems far away. Rafa is a very strong person and his daily job is made of an extreme professionalism.
He dealt with many injuries, so he needs to take care of himself every day. That makes him play for longer years. He is a player who when is doing well can get very confident."