Coco Gauff praises Rafael Nadal: "He transcends tennis"

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Coco Gauff praises Rafael Nadal: "He transcends tennis"

During the Wimbledon 2022 press conference, Rafael Nadal spent fine words for the very young American tennis star Cori Gauff. The finalist of the last Roland Garros wanted to thank him. Coco Gauff said: "Rafael Nadal's compliments have a great significance to me.

We are talking about one of the greatest ever, who was able to transcend tennis. He is on his way to becoming the best ever. We meet sometimes in the player area, he is very kind and nice. I must admit to being a bit intimidated in front of him.

I remember that at the Roland Garros he congratulated me and he gave me a pat on the back. I answered him when he had already walked away, having been shocked for a few seconds. Legends like him, Nole, Roger, Serena and Venus will never cease to amaze me.

I want to thank him and I hope to live up to expectations." After beating Berankis, Rafa talked about his physical condition: "A couple of weeks ago I felt pretty close to retiring, now things have changed. That day will come sooner or later and will bring about a big change, but I'm not afraid."

Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon 2022

Rafael Nadal did not shine in the first two matches played at Wimbledon, but he still managed to prevail over Francisco Cerundolo and Ricardas Berankis. The Spanish champion left a set on the street in both cases, proving that he has not yet found the right feeling with the London meadows.

The former world number 1, who hadn't set foot on the grass for three years, needs time to regain confidence on a surface not very suited to his characteristics. Rafa beat Italian Lorenzo Sonego in the third round, in a match full of controversy.

2022 has been full of joys for the Iberian up to now; just think that the 36-year-old from Manacor won two Grand Slams by stretching over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time ranking. Although he does not admit it publicly, the Iberian dreams of making that Calendar Grand Slam sensationally escaped from Djokovic last year.