Rafael Nadal was a champion already at 16 years of age, says Bautista Agut



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Rafael Nadal was a champion already at 16 years of age, says Bautista Agut

In an interview Roberto Bautista Agut recalled when he first met his compatriot Rafael Nadal. The Castellon de La Plana native, who shared his most emotional week in life with the Mallorcan at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid, said: "We were playing in the Under 18s, a Spanish Championship.

He was 16 and I was 14. I already heard very good things about him. I remember he left the tournament going to play Wimbledon juniors. I don’t remember if he won it or he played the final, but he was already showing the champion he is right now."

Bautista Agut also shared his feelings ahead of the upcoming ATP Cup: "I’m excited because it’s going to be the first time [having this event] in Australia and Rafa and I are going to play there. I hope we have a good team and can play a good week for Spain."

Bautista Agut often travels around the world and he regrets he cannot spend that much time in his country. The world No. 9 admitted: "I really miss the food from Spain. I really miss my family and my friends. It’s not easy to travel as many weeks as we do.

But I really enjoy when I go back there and I spend a few days at home. It’s very powerful for me", concluded the Wimbledon semifinalist who was the first alternate at the ATP Finals in London.