Rafael Nadal: 'My main motivation comes from an everlasting will to play'



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Rafael Nadal: 'My main motivation comes from an everlasting will to play'

In an interview, Rafael Nadal spoke about his passion for sports and specifically tennis. "My main motivation comes from an everlasting will to play, to compete, and to feel the sensations that always hit me when I participate in big tournaments.

I just love to do what I do, and the passion is always there." On the concept of pressure, Nadal added: "The more you win, the more pressure you feel. That’s a normal thing. You have to learn to handle it very early on, as a kid even, to play with it, to beat it.

You must be trained to do that from the moment you start competing." On how he manages to find a balance between tennis and life, the 18-time Grand Slam winner concluded: "Sometimes I manage to take some time off before the tournament to walk around and admire the views.

Once the competition is on, it gets more difficult, because I need to be practising and resting a lot." On his pre-match routine, Nadal said: "I eat something light and I start warming up 45 minutes before the game. I try to stay rested and focused.

As regards well-being, I enjoy going to the spa from time to time at my academy in Mallorca, but I avoid doing it too often. Too much spa is not good to play tennis! Maybe that will change when my career is over. Besides that, I listen to Spanish and Latin music to help me concentrate. I am a big fan of Julio Iglesias in particular."