Iga Swiatek and Mikaela Shiffrin embraced another Instagram Live conversation, discussing the best ways to deal with the pressure and the importance of psychology. Iga used the opportunity to honor her favorite player Rafael Nadal again, saying Rafa was the only player whose matches she watched when she was a teenager.
The young Pole admires Rafa both on and off the court, stating that the Spaniard has achieved so much while staying humble and grounded. There's a T-shirt with Nadal's signature hanging on Swiatek's wall, and he is the only player a teenager would watch if she has to play some tennis match.
Competing in her seventh Major tournament, the 19-year-old Iga stunned the tennis world and claimed the first WTA title at Roland Garros last October. Iga defeated the Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1 in the title match, wrapping up the tournament without losing a set to become the first Polish Major champion.
Iga Swiatek praised Rafael Nadal, calling him humble and grounded.
Iga dropped 23 games in the opening six encounters for one of the most remarkable results in Paris in the Open era, including a dominant 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Simona Halep in under 70 minutes!
With no sign of nerves, Iga toppled Sofia to become the first Parisian champion without losing since Justine Henin in 2007. Iga cracked the top-20 thanks to those points and became the youngest Roland Garros champion since Monica Seles in 1992 and the first teenager to lift the crown in Paris since Iva Majoli in 1997!
During the fortnight, Swiatek didn't hide her support towards her favorite player and the Roland Garros legend Rafael Nadal, wishing him to win the title in the early rounds, which Rafa did in style to join Iga on the podium.
"In tennis, I didn't even have any idol because when I was younger, I didn't watch tennis that much. I like Rafa Nadal; he's the best. There's a T-shirt with his signature on my wall. I admire Rafa, not only on the court but also off the court, because he seems like a humble guy.
Success didn't change him. I like his style of game. It's like if I watched a match, I would watch Rafa," Iga Swiatek said.