In an interview to Onda Cero the former player Tomeu Salva commented on how his friendship with Rafael Nadal started. Salva said: "We met each other at eight years of age in a tennis club. I was playing the first tournament in my life and he was already winning the Spanish Championship.
I had to face him in the second round. He won 6-0 6-0. We have the same age. We were training in the same tennis club in Manacor and Toni Nadal was the director. Then we saw each other every week because we were going to the same tournaments and school.
We had a daily contact. I played tennis until 21 years, mentally I was not dealing with it, there was pressure. I first worked in the Balearic Federation and now at the Rafa Nadal Academy." How is a relaxing day for them? "Rafa always had the same passions.
Golf, he has a low handicap, 1. He has a very high level. Fishing is his best passion. Manacor is a little city, we all know each other. Rafa goes to the supermarket, restaurant. No one bothers him. If he goes to Palma de Mallorca, he struggles more.
But in Manacor it's quiet. We see Real Madrid matches together and he schedules his training sessions in order to watch them." Uncle Toni said: "After the second set and especially the break on the third set I thought the match was on Rafael's hands, that it would be very difficult that Medvedev would come back."