Rafael Nadal launched his tennis complex in Kuwait in February 2020, opening a state-of-the-art facility that should improve tennis in that region in the years to come. Rafa played an exhibition match against David Ferrer and spoke with the media about the complex and various subjects.
The Spaniard was asked to draw a perfect player, highlighting the best shots from his greatest rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Rafa also mentioned Dominic Thiem, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Ivo Karlovic and Gael Monfils while forming a picture of his perfect player, at least in theory.
"For backhand, I have to go with Novak Djokovic. He can defend very well from that wing and attack both down the line and crosscourt, with plenty of options during the rallies. I have to pick Roger Federer's forehand, as he takes the ball very early and creates winners from every part of the court.
Roger can hit his forehand flat or add some spin; it is a powerful weapon. Ivo Karlovic's serve is the strongest initial shot in the game, I believe. When Ivo is serving well, which is the case in almost every match, the returner can't create any chances.
Rafael Nadal spoke about his perfect player in Kuwait 2020.
He is very tall, with a proper serve technique that sends the ball far away from your racquet. It is like a penalty in football, only even more difficult. I would choose myself in the segment of determination.
I had the right resolution throughout my career after all those injuries that I endured. I was able to keep going and practicing with passion for achieving my goals and keep fighting in every single match. In terms of fitness, I would go with Dominic Thiem.
Gael Monfils must be the fastest player out there, and I think Andy Murray has the best shot selection. Talent is essential in that area, and when you have the proper technique and options to play defensive tennis or attack and a solid slice and return, it makes it easier to make the right decisions during the point.
David Ferrer's attitude was right there at the top. He was always improving, both his perspective on the court and his game overall. David could do many things very well. Roger Federer has an impressive vision. The inspiration drives him on the court, and he is also quick on taking the right decisions at the right moments," Rafael Nadal said.