Carlos Costa, the agent of World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, says that he knew that the Spaniard was special when he signed him in 2005 but never thought that he would become the legend that he has. Costa was speaking on a special episode of Tennis Legends with Mats Wilander and Justine Henin along with his coach Carlos Moya and Francisco Roig.
The former World No. 10 says, "I mean, no, no one expects this from anybody. I mean, normally that is the history of tennis has been that a lot of good players, as Justine you said, but you can dominate two or three years, but at the end, somebody will change.
And people you know, that generation, this case between Roger, Rafa and Nole, they have been dominating the Tour and winning most of the big tournaments. "When I signed Rafa in 2005 of course I thought that he has something special and he can be one of the top players.
He could win a Grand Slam, but I never thought about six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 19, never. Especially coming from Spain, where the maximum we had is Moya with one I think, Bruguera two. So in Spain, we didn’t had a lot of history about winning a lot of Grand Slams.
It was difficult for us”. Nadal has won 19 Grand Slam titles in his career - second only to Roger Federer, who leads the all-time Grand Slam tally in men's tennis history with 20 Slams.