Nadal: 'I have always been humble and smart enough to listen to people'

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Nadal: 'I have always been humble and smart enough to listen to people'

Rafael Nadal gave some advice to younger players who dream of having a great career. The Spaniard said: "I think words are important, but most important things are examples that you have around you, people that you have daily around you.

That's the best advice possible, no? That's it. I think I have always been around good people and good professionals that help me in all terms. I think I have been enough humble and smart to listen all the time to the people that are older than me and have better knowledge than me, of life in general, no, and at the same time on tennis."

Analyzing his straight-set final win over Daniil Medvedev at the Rogers Cup, the Mallorcan added: "First game has been tough. He played a great game. Some very long rallies. For me personally, was important to start the match in a good shape, no? He came to that match playing so well, playing a lot of matches in the last weeks.

For me, it was a different story, no? I only played three matches on hard before this one, playing against a ^ newcomer like him was important for me at the beginning of the match. I think I played a good first game, too. Is true that he had some breakpoints.

I played well. I saved that game. After that, I think I played a solid match, my best match of the week so far without a doubt. I did a lot of things well: changing directions, changing rhythms during the point. The slice worked well this afternoon.

I played some high balls, then changed down the line. I think I played smart this afternoon. Of course, I played smart because I had a good feeling on the ball. If not, you cannot."