Rafael Nadal is a great person off court, a warrior on it - Christian Garin


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Rafael Nadal is a great person off court, a warrior on it - Christian Garin

Chilean player Christian Garin was asked what player he sees himself as. Garin said: "I like Rafa Nadal a lot for the attitude he has in every match. It's admirable. Outside the court, he is an amazing person. On the court, he is a warrior.

What he does is what I would like to do one day." For Garin, having a hard work ethic is the key: "In this game, if you stop training you will not go anywhere. I know that work and perseverance is the key in sports.

With the people I work with, they always tell me the truth. When something goes well they tell me it and when it goes bad, too, and we work so that it goes well. Despite the success and whatever happens, I will always stay the same person."

Daniel Nestor spoke about Felix Auger-Aliassime's loss to Karen Khachanov in Montreal: "It was a little bit unfortunate. The whole tournament, previewing his matches, we were wondering if his second serve might become a factor.

It wasn't really in the first two matches, but I guess it was a little bit more today. I mean, I think we can all see that outside of that, he's a top-10 player, playing great. He's knocking on the door whoever he plays against.

Too bad because we anticipated he would make a Denis-style run in this tournament. If he would have won today, I think his confidence would have only grown. He beat two Canadians in the first round. That's huge for his confidence.

Today he was in a position to win. Again, it's like Denis (who lost to Dominic Thiem), it's a great learning experience. These guys are still very young, I mean, especially how mature and focused they are. It's only a matter of time for both of them."