Gerard Pique shares Rafael Nadal's best qualities

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Gerard Pique shares Rafael Nadal's best qualities

In an interview to Eurosport the Davis Cup investor Gerard Pique spoke about the new Davis Cup that will take place in Madrid in November. The FC Barcelona defender said: "We think that the Davis Cup should come back where it was back in the day.

To see the world No. 1 and 2 playing there is a big news for Madrid and for the event. Players accepted this format in a good way, their reaction was positive. Before, there were four ties, one in February, then April, September and November.

They had to travel a lot and during the hard-court season they had to play on clay for example. Now it's just one week. I speak with them to see what they want and what they need, so that they feel comfortable and have a good time in Madrid.

Also the captains and federations. We are a unique event and we have a big responsability." On Rafael Nadal, Pique added: "He is at a great level, he is playing matches without getting tired too much which is very important in a Grand Slam.

About him, I admire the most the perseverance, consistency and the fact that he has been around for many years. I know by experience that getting to the elite is very difficult but staying there is something only genius people like Rafa can do it.

He should be admired for the values he shows like fighting, working, making his best effort, which makes him a special player and athlete." On how he got passionate about tennis, Pique concluded: "As a kid I liked both football and tennis, then I picked football so that was a smart decision.

Every year I was attending the Conde de Godo in Barcelona to watc Albert Costa, Carlos Costa, Albert Berasategui, Carlos Moya. Then I grew up and tennis continued to be my passion. Now that I am involved, it's an even bigger one."