"I put into this whole event all the energy, that I had inside me," Rafael Nadal had said concerning the recent Spanish Davis Cup where he and teammates came up against Canada to win the title. He won the eight rounds needed and felt the gratitude and satisfaction.
He knows that sometimes he's playing it on the edge but it's a passion he finds difficult to scale back unless absolutely necessary. "..I held up, but we know that playing so many matches in this surface is risky for me, something can happen at any time..."
Nadal has proven himself time and again since his career has started. He's been through healthy times as well as his injury-laden situations. The surprise of what he will do or is capable of doing is unreal. He's had some upsets in his career from the 2014 Wimbledon round 4 where Nick Kyrgios pushed him out of the tournament in a hard-fought four setter to the past year alone.
Stefanos Tsitsipas dismantled him in three sets at the Madrid Open as well as in Barcelona losing the semifinal to Dominic Thiem in straight sets. It was the last Monte-Carlo that Italy's Fabio Fognini did his damage in straight sets too.
But despite it all Rafael Nadal comes out looking like a fresh rose ready for more. "There's things that only people like Rafa can do and if you ask my opinion I think he's a superhero," says Feliciano Lopez, Nadal's Davis Cup teammate and tennis comrade.
The first time ATP Cup eent has proven what everyone knows about Nadal, that he is well worth his appearance on any court. Belgium's David Goffin played a determined game against Nadal and came out the victor over this icon.
"At the end I'm so happy...I knew that Rafa had to take it deep..." Goffin smilingly said after winning in straight sets. The Australian conditions can be at times even more brutal than the opponents themselves and Goffin laughingly said "..I had water coming out of my shoes...I had to fight with these conditions but that's what I had to do..."
He, meaning there was so much perspiration lost but he had to stay determined to win for himself defeating Nadal and win for his team and country. After getting defeated by Goffin, the Spaniard had to re-group, change his clothes and go back out on the court and play doubles with Pablo Carreno Busta.
Does it ever not end, but slow down? Rafael Nadal knows that his age may be going against him on keeping up the fierce and competitive pace he's maintained for years. How far can Nadal go? Who knows and it might not even be Nadal.