A short break to recharge the batteries, then immediately to work. Rafael Nadal has already returned to the field to prepare for the 2021 season, which everyone hopes is closer to normal than the one that has just ended. The Majorcan has posted a photo on social media in which he is intent on training on the court.
"Back to work! I took a few days off after London, now it's back to training and routine" - wrote the Spanish in the caption. Nadal ended 2020 in second place in the ATP rankings after winning Roland Garros and being eliminated in the semifinals at the London Finals.
Speaking in an interview for the clients of Santander Private Banking, Nadal said if Roger Federer’s recovery goes well and he regains full fitness, he will return better and stronger than ever.
Rafael Nadal on Roger Federer's return
“I think that if Roger Federer recovers properly and feels ready to prepare himself, I think he is going to come back in full force,” Rafael Nadal said.
The Spaniard said Federer, with all his accomplishments in tennis, doesn’t have anything left to prove to anyone. “He doesn’t have anything left to prove, he has proven that whenever he is doing fine, he can play at the highest of levels,” Nadal said.
The Spanish tennis champion, who is currently level with Federer at twenty Grand Slam apiece, said the Swiss player has kept his fitness levels up despite reaching the twilight of his career. “And I think, physically, he has kept (himself) in shape and if he is able to play in a painless way, I think he is going to come back to compete,” the Spaniard said.
Nadal refused to get drawn into a debate on Federer’s future in tennis. “I don’t know how long he is going to keep on going,” he said. “I think it’s great if you ask me if I’d rather be the one to win the Grand Slam, yeah I would.
I think it’s also good for tennis that Federer comes back with a fighting spirit, and we have this rivalry. I think that this makes this sport much larger, looking at it from a global point of view, not from my personal point of view.
I think it’s entertaining and good for our sport,” Nadal said. The 20-time Grand Slam champion doesn't have 'many good memories' from 2020, but he expressed his gratitude that his loved ones were left untouched by the pandemic.
“The positives are that closest to me are safe and okay, and none suffered badly from the pandemic,” Rafael Nadal said. “First for me is the health of my people, always. Then we all know it's been a year not to be happy with.
A year where a lot of people have died, and a year that will bring negative consequences for the future. So, no, not that many good memories of 2020."