Rafael Nadal: 'Perhaps I would not have had that spirit of perseverance'

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Rafael Nadal: 'Perhaps I would not have had that spirit of perseverance'

From yesterday with the start of the Sardegna Open and the tournaments in Marbella the season on clay has officially begun. There is great anticipation for this season which will lead with several tournaments to the highly anticipated Roland Garros.

This event represents a great chance for Rafael Nadal, clearly the favorite for the second Slam of the year and who in the event of victory would detach Roger Federer and become the tennis player with the most Grand Slam titles in tennis history with 21 Slams.

The start of the season of the Majorcan champion was slowed down by some back problems that forced him to attend only the ATP Cup and to arrive without a match at the Australian Open. Here Rafa did well but went out in the quarter-finals against Stefanos Tsitsipas, suffering the third comeback of his career after a lead of two sets to zero.

After the Australian Open Rafa has decided to skip the Rotterdam and Miami Open tournaments to recover and to better prepare himself for the season on clay. Rafael Nadal's doctor, Angel Ruiz Cotorro, reassured fans of the Spanish champion and spoke about his condition during an interview.

Here are his words about it: "Rafael Nadal is training hard and everything is going according to his plans. His goal is to play at his best during the swing on clay which will start in a few days at the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo and will then end.

with Roland Garros." Rafael Nadal recently spoke at length about the people he considers to be the most instrumental figures during his playing career.

Rafael Nadal speaks about his team

According to Rafael Nadal, he might not have developed his perseverance and fighting spirit without the continuous support that he received.

"If I had not had the people who would have guided me on the right path, then perhaps I would not have had that spirit of perseverance, of overcoming," the Spaniard continued. "I think I have been lucky to have the people by my side who have helped me."

Rafael Nadal also recalled the early days of his career when he attended the Manacor tennis Club, where Uncle Toni was a coach. The 34-year-old revealed that he began to show glimpses of his qualities from the age of eight.

"My uncle was a coach at the Manacor tennis club and I started going when I was three years old," Rafael Nadal said. "I think from the age of 8, 9, maybe 8, it seemed that I had some outstanding qualities and they took things seriously. And the goals that my uncle had with me were ambitious."