Rafael Nadal once again proved his immense greatness by winning Roland Garros for the 13th time and joining eternal rival Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles. The Spanish phenomenon imposed himself without leaving a single set on the street, competing in a simply perfect final against World number 1 Novak Djokovic.
The former World number 1 had anticipated his intention to close the season prematurely, but in the end he opted for a different solution. The Majorcan will participate in the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy and in the ATP Finals in London.
In a recent interview with El Periodico, the Iberian said that he would like to be remembered for his human qualities rather than as a great tennis champion. His always humble and sporty attitude has contributed to making Rafa one of the most appreciated athletes by fans and colleagues alike.
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"For me, by far, the personal issue is more important than the professional one," Rafael Nadal said. " I always say that I would like to be remembered as a good person, much more than a champion or anything else.
Because, in the end, the victories, the titles, are moments of happiness, euphoria, adrenaline, success, but all that is temporary and I have always been very clear about that. The success and interest that you generate in people, in companies, is something temporary.
That interest is for what I do, not for what I am. The important thing is that the people who know you have a positive opinion of you, the image that is transferred to the world can be manufactured," Nadal said. The 34-year-old laid special emphasis on public personalities behaving responsibly: "I believe that all of us who are popular, who appear on television, to say the least, must be very responsible, because there are many people you can influence, for better and for worse and, therefore, we must take care of our behavior, our words," Nadal added.
"I try to act naturally, you cannot be a marketing product, if you are, at some point, something negative comes up that destroys that disguise. I would not be able to behave on the court as I behave if my attitude were pre-fabricated, if it were a studied pose, at some point it would be discovered that I am not like that," he went on.
"I try, I insist, to be natural. I don't pretend to like everyone. What's more, I think that's impossible. I try to be correct with everyone, educated and, above all, thank life for the positive and good things that happen to me.
I am not to live with problems," he added. "Life already provides you with real, authentic problems, to turn the little problems into big problems. Faced with these little problems, the best thing to do is a little pause, let a few days go by and, sure, everything returns to its normal course."