Rafael Nadal: 'When I’m doing all these routines, I feel...'

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Rafael Nadal: 'When I’m doing all these routines, I feel...'

Given that the ATP, due to the pandemic linked to the now well-known Covid-19 virus, has frozen the ranking, it will be really difficult for Rafael Nadal to overcome Novak Djokovic and here is how Rafa can do it. Consequently, the number one in the world will not lose any points as he will keep the ATP Cup and Australian Open points earned last year.

And currently he is at 12,030 qualifying points. Rafael Nadal has 9850 points and needs around 2180 points to overcome his great rival. To overcome Nole before March 8, the date of the possible record, Nadal has three tournaments to conquer.

First, most points will have to come from the Australian Open and the Rotterdam tournament. Consequently, by winning the tournament in Australia he would earn 1640 points plus the 500 points from the Dutch tournament and the remaining 40 points should come from the ATP Cup, a competition where Rafa can, between the group and knockout stages, certainly achieve.

It will certainly not be an easy feat with Nadal who will immediately have to overcome opponents in the groups such as Greece of his opponent Stefanos Tsitsipas and Australia of his opponent Alex De Minaur, a tennis player who just last year touched the feat against Nadal with the Spaniard.

who took victory in three sets. Rafael Nadal took time out from his ATP Cup and Australian Open preparations this week for a wide-ranging and candid interview with Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s Chief International Anchor.

The 20-time major champion was in great spirits, holding court on the pandemic, his Big Three rivals, his motivations, plans for life after tennis, and the secret behind his on-court rituals. Here are some of the highlights of Rafa’s interview.

Rafael Nadal on his on-court rituals and ticks

The CNN correspondent confessed to Rafael Nadal that she was fascinated by his on-court rituals and ticks, and the Spaniard opened up about why he likes to line up his bottles, not step on lines and so on.

“In some way it’s stupid,” he said of his rituals, blushing just a little. “On the other hand, for me I am not doing this stuff in practice or normal life… It’s a way to make a difference between practices and matches.

When I’m doing all these routines, I feel 100% focused on what I’m doing, no? The routines help you to be focused and more secure about yourself”. Many players have claimed that the Australian Open 2021 bubble was quite strict.