Rafael Nadal has thrown a dig at those who "need to go public" about the conditions in which the Australian Open players are going through quarantine. Affirmations that come a week after the disclosure of the requests made by Novak Djokovic to the organizers of the tournament.
"Some need to let everyone know what they try to do to help others; while others, they do it more confidentially, without necessarily having to disclose it... Some of us don't need to advertise with these things" , said the Spaniard bluntly, in an interview with the Argentine broadcaster Espn.
Djokovic, eight-time winner of the first Grand Slam of the season in Melbourne (scheduled for February 8 to 21), had sent a list of intentions to the Australian Tennis Federation, in order to obtain better conditions for the quarantine period of the players.
Melbourne. Conditions in general less comfortable, compared to the Adelaide 'Vip' bubble, reserved for the best players (male and female) registered in the tournament. Gilles Simon has played the Big 3 - Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic - several times in his career, but without much success.
The 36-year-old, who was once ranked as high as No. 6, has faced Nadal nine times, winning just once (Madrid Masters, 2008). During a chat with Tennis Majors, Simon pointed out how Rafael Nadal usually goes back to his tried and tested methods when trailing in a match.
The Big 3 are considered the top tier of men’s tennis
"Rafael Nadal starts from what works when things aren't going well - 'I'm gonna put a lot of intensity in my forehand range on the backhand side of the other.
And I'm gonna be around a lot by putting energy into it. And from there, I'm gonna (proceed). I'm validating that first, that it's my thing'," Gilles Simon said. According to Gilles Simon, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic can find their A-game in the crucial moments with greater frequency than their peers.
That, the Frenchman believes, comes from their immense self-belief and understanding of their game. "Rafa, Roger, and Novak know themselves like no other that's why they are able to keep their level in the important moments," said Simon.
"Even more they can go higher which is colossal." Recently, the Spaniard took a shot at colleagues for finding fault with the governing bodies. There have been complaints regarding inferior treatment towards certain players who are in quarantine.
Rafa said, “There has been talk that Adelaide people have better conditions, but I have not heard from any Melbourne player that some have much better rooms than others. Complaints always come from a disadvantaged position”.