- Nadal: Winning 20 Grand Slam titles is a dream | marca.com
I’m lucky enough to receive so much love and support from so many people. Sometimes this is more important than winning. When I’m injured, people always ask me what I miss most about tennis: it’s this feeling of going out on court, seeing the fans that want to see you, fans who want to support you wherever it is in the world. It’s a difficult feeling to explain, but it gives me great personal satisfaction. It suggests that you’ve done well on and off court with good behaviour. The personal side is always more important than the professional side.
To be honest, at this stage of my life I didn’t think I’d still be playing tennis. I was told because of my style I wouldn’t have a very long career. I believed what I was told, so I thought that by now I’d be retired and starting a family. The thing is that I’ve always thought it’s best to have kids when you have a more stable way of life than I’ve had during my playing years. But time is moving on and anything can happen.
- Players Of The Decade: Rafael Nadal | ATP Tour
But Nadal’s success is hardly limited to one surface. In addition to a 2010 Wimbledon crown, he’s also the most successful player of the decade at the US Open with four titles (2010, 2013, 2017, 2019). The Spaniard’s maiden victory in New York made him the first man to win Grand Slam crowns on clay, grass and hard courts in the same year.
The Spaniard experienced frequent injuries this season and throughout his career. Though the 33-year-old is aware he’s closing in on the record, Nadal’s attention is first and foremost with his fitness and his game.
“I have to do my things the best way possible and then to just give myself chances to keep being competitive at the highest level possible,” he told press at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition in Abu Dhabi.
“So if that happens, great, if not, I just gave my best all my career to be in the position that I am today. And obviously of course, increas[ing] the number of 20, or tying 20, [would] be something amazing, but I cannot complain at all. I’m super happy [with] the way I am having my tennis career, I gave my best all the time and I’m proud about the way I worked and the way I enjoyed the tennis during all these years.”
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