The European clay court tour in professional tennis is here. However, with the arrival of the good weather that spring usually brings and with more and more hours of light, we fans also want to play tennis on this surface. In previous posts, we have addressed important issues to keep in mind when playing on clay.
However, today, we rescued some revealing statements by Rafael Nadal, 13 times Roland Garros champion, breaking down what are the keys to getting his best tennis in brick dust. Contrary to what many of us think, clay tennis does not only consist of shooting all the time with a top spin effect; there is also room for more aggressive shots.
"Playing on land does not mean that you have to play with high topspin all the time. When you are confident in your game you can also look for flatter winners, why not? The most beautiful thing about playing on this surface is that you can play many different ways and end up winning the match.
" Nadal also remembers that it is essential to know the profile of your opponent to know how you have to play. "You can't make big changes when you're playing, but I always keep in mind what kind of player I have in front of me to understand how I want to play at all times."
Finally, the Spaniard highlights the value of effort and hard work to face each challenge, not only in tennis, but in any area of our lives. "Of course, I have to focus on what I know how to do well. I have worked hard since I was a child to accept the challenges that I have had in my life in general."
Pablo Carreno Busta recently spoke about the influence of countryman Rafael Nadal on the other players from Spain.
Carreno Busta on Rafael Nadal
"We are lucky and at the same time a problem to have Rafael Nadal with us," Pablo Carreno Busta said during the press conference after his semifinal win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas at Marbella,.
"It gives us all a lot of joy but it's true that it surpasses a little anything that the rest of the Spanish players can do." Carreno Busta talked about this bit of trivia too during his interview. He claimed that four Spaniards reaching the semis - and that too in a tournament where Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut were not playing - was an achievement that the country's fans should be proud of.
"In this tournament, neither he nor Roberto were there and it should be a great source of pride to have four Spaniards in the semifinals when I feel that this 'achievement' is being minimized," Carreno Busta said.