Nadal:'If I hadn't had success in tennis, I would have become a footballer'


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Nadal:'If I hadn't had success in tennis, I would have become a footballer'

What would Rafael Nadal have wanted to become if he did not have success in tennis? The Mallorcan said: "I know that sport is my passion, and if not for tennis, I would have certainly wanted to become a footballer, but no one can ever learn this.

Talent or natural attitude is one of the key elements. But so are work, mindset, effort, passion. I think that in my sports career I have achieved much more than what I could dream of or expect", continued Nadal. "I like competition, and when I retire [from tennis], it will be a moment to look back and see what was achieved.

For now, I like competing and preparing my future for retirement." How many years does Nadal have left? "This is a question I am frequently asked, but I can’t answer it. I always say that as long as I am healthy, as long as I feel good physically, as long as I can do full training sessions and have opportunities to win important tournaments, I will keep playing tennis.

When one of these elements is lost, this will be a moment to think whether I should stop." He was also uncertain when asked what was the toughest match he has ever played in his career: "I think that my career has had many tough matches, I was lucky to be a part of many memorable matches. It would be difficult to name just one."