In an interview with Telefonica, Rafael Nadal spoke about several topics. The Mallorcan has always been praised for his mental strength. Nadal said: "I always wanted to have this fighting spirit, but I do what makes me passionate, so the sacrifice is less.
But what I am really satisfied with is the ability to overcome myself, continuing to deal with all the problems and difficulties that I had physically. I was always able to find a way, the excitement I have, with the ability to do well."
On his physical condition, Nadal added: "The year has been very good despite a difficult start at a physical level. From Barcelona, I was able to play all the tournaments I wanted to and have the schedule I wanted to have.
The US Open final was hard and the Laver Cup, good. I had and I have a little (wrist) issue. I am recovering and I hope to have the schedule I set and end the year the way I would like to after a season that has been good."
Nadal finally revealed what he told Daniil Medvedev in New York after the championship clash: "Congratulations for the great attitude and for the game, if you continue like this you will win here one day." Benoit Paire lost to Nikoloz Basilashvili in a three-set, second-round match in Shanghai.
The Frenchman said: "That's my third week in Asia. I did not sleep, I am forced to take the sleeping pill who Richard gives me every day. I slept for just three days. I am happy to be back home. I am tired, the season was very long, I am the guy who played the most.
For me, it's very good because I come back home. It's rare to lose a match and be happier than if I win it. It's not a lack of respect or anything. It's just that I am tired."