Young tennis player Daria Kasatkina has revealed that her idol is not anyone Russian, like Marat Safin or Maria Sharapova, but the one and only Rafael Nadal.
Q. I was told earlier today that your idol is apparently Rafael Nadal.
DARIA KASATKINA: Yes.
Q. Why is he your idol? What do you like so much about him and his game?
DARIA KASATKINA: Since I was eight years old, I start to watch Rafa’s game from Roland Garros 2005 when he won his first Grand Slam, Roland Garros. I just fell in love with his game, with his character, everything. Since the tournament, I start to love him as a player.
I love everything: how he play, how he behave. So for me he’s the perfect example how I have to be as a sportsman.
Q. A lot of young players are taught to play flat, hard, aggressive. How have you managed to keep playing the way you’ve played from when you were younger until now?
DARIA KASATKINA: I don’t know. Actually, I don’t remember. But I think still it’s coming from Nadal. When I watch him, he play with a lot of spin. I was trying to play the same, so…
I think it’s mostly from there.
Source: Coupe Rogers