In an interview Rafael Nadal spoke about the keys behind his French Open success. The 12-time tournament winner said: "It's difficult to explain. I think a lot of things were needed: a good mentality, passion for what you do, love for the sport, a bit of luck and the desire to constantly improve.
Over the years you lode things little by little and you have to add other things to stay competitive. That's the key to longevity and French Open titles. I always worked at a high intensity. My uncle Toni pushed me to work hard every day at a high intensity since I was younger.
When you grow with this willingness, it's easier to keep it." Asked if French Open changed his life, Nadal replied: "Nope because my life did not change a lot, I still live in Mallorca. But the French Open is the most important place in my career.
I went to Paris for the first time when i was 11 or 12 years old, I fell in love with the city that I think is the most fascinating in the world. The environment and walking around is amazing. That's what I like about Paris.
And for me French Open is very special. Not only for my successes but also because I built relationships with the tournament and all the people who work there. Sharing those moments with them is very special. An amazing feeling."
Nadal is always the man to beat. Is it difficult? "I do not feel like this at all..i never go to a tournament thinking that I am the man to beat. I just want to do what I have to in order to be competitive, in order to win the match as soon as possible. Like in every tournament."