Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly one of the greatest players of all time, not just for winning 19 Grand Slam titles. The Spanish phenomenon has won five titles in the Davis Cup, with a crazy record of 29-1 in the singles matches.
Last year, the former World number 1 was instrumental in Spain's victory in the first edition of the new Davis Cup in Madrid. The Majorca tennis player has always had his country's successes at heart in any sport and has never made it a mystery.
During a recent interview with Marca Radio, Nadal recalled the 2010 FIFA World Cup final, which saw the Spanish selection triumph after a magnificent journey. 2010 was one of the most memorable years of Rafa's career, becoming the seventh tennis player to complete the Career Grand Slam.
After winning Roland Garros and Wimbledon, the 19-time Slam champion also managed to win the US Open.
Nadal on Spain's moment of triumph
"I lived it in different phases. The Wimbledon was the first one; and at home I saw the semifinal against Germany with the goal of Puyol.
And in Johannesburg the World Cup final one," Rafael Nadal said. "The sport of football is the most important in Europe and also in Spain. As a football fan, having been able to see Spain winning the World Cup and two consecutive European Cups is something historic and probably unrepeatable," the Spaniard added.
"I lived it with the maximum enthusiasm and intensity. I remember the nerves when Iniesta scored, and without realizing it the tears were there," Nadal recalled. The World No.2 has confirmed that he will take part in the Madrid Open, which has raised serious doubts about whether he will travel to New York for the American grand slam event.
Madrid tournament director Feliciano Lopez, who as a player won the Queen's Club singles and doubles titles last year, wrote on Twitter that Nadal had agreed to play his tournament. "I've spoken with my friend @RafaelNadal and he's confirmed he will take part in Madrid this September," Lopez said.
He said Nadal would be welcomed "with open arms" at the event. Nadal responded by writing: "Same with you Feli. See you in September in Madrid." We all would want Rafa to play both Grand Slams but he has to do what’s best for him.
If he does choose one Slam to play, everyone will be expecting him to pick the French Open. This is because it is his favorite tournament in the entire season.