2020 was a special season, unusual for all tennis players and the same goes for Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard's season was unprecedented given that due to the Pandemic he was forced to miss the US Open, but at the same time it was a fruitful season that brought him the thirteenth Roland Garros, especially his twentieth career Slam, a title that allows him to join the Swiss champion Roger Federer.
The Majorcan shared his impressions of what happened to Celebrity magazine, revealing how the pandemic affected his personal balance, both physical and mental. During a recent interview with Santander Bank, Rafael Nadal gave a diplomatic answer about Messi & Cristiano and chose a different Ronaldo.
The Spaniard also talked about his admiration for Bjorn Borg.
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"That's a really tricky question but from what I've seen I think Ronaldo," Rafael Nadal said. "I'm not talking about Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi.
Not to say Cristiano or Messi who are very good nowadays but I'm going to say Ronaldo. Ronaldo was, I think he was fantastic and also a wonderful guy,” Nadal continued. “He was always really good but before he got gravely injured he was outstanding.
He was amazing and I met him when he was at his peak because my uncle played with him in Barcelona”. In that context, Nadal was asked to pick a player he’d like to face, and the 13-time French Open champion went with Bjorn Borg.
Nadal also revealed how he always considered Borg to be an ‘undefeatable titan’. “I think maybe Borg because the feeling I've always had was that Borg was undefeatable,” Nadal said. “The feeling I had was that he was an undefeatable titan of tennis.
It was a different time but I would love to play him. Well, I think that I'm not a difficult person under any circumstances,” Nadal said. “I'm not tooting my own horn. I think, testament to this is that I've never changed coaches”.
The World No. 2 then elaborated a bit more about his team, explaining how he has never directly removed any of his coaching staff. Nadal admitted that he prefers to blame himself after a failure rather than point fingers at others.
“I think I don't think I've ever gotten rid of anyone from my team,” Nadal continued. “Like that's real. Well, there's very few people who can say that. I mean, I mean, obviously, there are either two choices, I've always found great people, or I think that people are perfect and you find a way to work and when things aren't going well, you blame yourself, not everyone else. And that's that's the truth."