Rafael Nadal: 'I don’t think it will happen in the future'

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Rafael Nadal: 'I don’t think it will happen in the future'

The 2021 season is about to begin and all the players seem excited to start playing again, in the hope that the pandemic will mitigate its spread also thanks to the global vaccination. Hoping that everything will go well, this year the Tokyo Olympics should be played, postponed by twelve months due to the Coronavirus emergency.

Numerous tennis players have identified the Games as one of the main goals of their season, which in Roger Federer's case could be the last of his exceptional career. In the absence of the 20-time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be the two big favorites at the Australian Open 2021, which will kick off on February 8 to allow players to travel to Australia and carry out the two-week mandatory quarantine.

In the course of a long interview with TVE, Nadal recalled one of the most prestigious achievements of his career, namely the Olympic gold medal in Beijing 2008. In that same year, the Spanish phenomenon won Wimbledon for the first time.

once beating Federer and became world number 1 in August.

Rafael Nadal on Olympics

“Fernando González, a rival in the 2008 Beijing final, was a very good player. I played the semifinals against Djokovic and Federer lost I think against Berdych.

What has been experienced in recent years that they reached the finals is difficult. It did not happen in the past and I don’t think it will happen in the future,” said Rafael Nadal. In the interview, the Spaniard also shared his experience playing at the Olympics.

He revealed that he enjoyed a lot playing there. “In the Games, I have enjoyed it to the fullest, it is an event completely different from everything,” added the World No.2. Rafa also disclosed why the Olympics used to bring a special feeling for him.

He believed that it was because there one was playing for his nation as well. “And the responsibility is that you are not only fighting for yourself, but also for your country,” concluded Rafael Nadal. The new season will bring the exciting prospect of the Spaniard being the frontrunner for the ‘GOAT’ mantle, as he will have a chance to clinch his 24th Major title at the Australian Open and set a new record for the most number of Grand Slam titles in men’s tennis.

While there is still no clarity on when Federer is due back from a surgery-induced absence from tennis, Nadal can even look to extend his lead at Wimbledon and the other Slams that follow. Though Federer has identified Wimbledon, Olympics and the US Open as his priority events going into the new season, it’s still unclear if he will regain full fitness before the lawns of the All-England Club are made ready for action.