Kuerten: 'I could have played big matches against Rafael Nadal in Paris'


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Kuerten: 'I could have played big matches against Rafael Nadal in Paris'

In an interview the former world No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten was asked who is the toughest to face between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The Brazilian could not really pick an answer. "I played against Roger several times.

I am sure my game would have improved playing against someone like Nadal. Djokovic pushed him to the limit. If I was fit, I think I would have made Rafa struggle a lot. My injuries did not allow me to play at my best. Otherwise I would have necessarily played big matches here against Nadal at least from 2004 to 2008.

I could have faced Djokovic too. But it's not nice for me to look at life this way. I'd rather remember that I achieved many things and much more than what I thought as a kid", said Kuerten. Asked what he does now, Kuerten replied: "It's normal but unusual life.

Now is more like father being at home and enjoy this amazing part of my life that it's happen. I have a girl and a boy. Still very involved with tennis. My foundation, we have the kids around 700 kids that we help. I'm building a tennis school in Brazil for young players, too, from 4 to 10 years old.

The goal is to finish this year with 30 schools. We have around 1000 players already. It's all around Brazil, many other cities. Sometimes I read it, Gustavo Kuerten retire. I said, Not really. But this is how I fulfill a little bit the gap of not being at the court.

It's so intense to be out there. These feelings is so amazing that I think I do much more things to supply a little bit this motivation that I had at the past."