- ‘Absolutely nothing has changed’ – Rafael Nadal reveals life is no different after 21st Slam title | tennishead.net
Speaking ahead of his first match against Denis Kudla, Nadal said “absolutely nothing has changed having 21 Slams, I won’t lie to you.
“From 20 to 21 there is not a very large difference. Life goes on exactly the same. The only thing that has changed is that now I play tennis, which a few months ago I couldn’t. I am very happy for everything that happened in Australia, it was very unexpected, especially before the tournament started. In my life, nothing has changed. No title is going to change what is important in my life, which are other things. Already, at 35 years old, I have a lot of experiences behind me, of successes and bad moments and these sensations already help me to live in a more calm and different way.”
- Rafael Nadal says he would welcome Novak Djokovic playing Grand Slams if he can do so unvaccinated | Eurosport
Nadal, speaking in Acapulco where he plays Denis Kudla in the first round on Tuesday, said: “It will affect Novak’s [Grand Slam] history if he can’t play.
“It will affect him, not the Grand Slams themselves. Whoever wins the most Slams – it will be what it will be. Everyone takes their own decisions and must live with them. In that sense, hopefully the pandemic subsides and we stop having so many deaths around the world and this horror ends, and we can return to normality – not for Novak but for the world in general. There are many people that have suffered, but if Novak can play the Grand Slams unvaccinated, then he is welcome.”
The 21-time Grand Slam champion explained why he chose to participate at the event after his Australian Open triumph.
Nadal said: “For two reasons. One, because I have played very little in the last two years and because I feel like playing tennis. The second, because after Australia, I had to analyze how my body would respond, because always, historically, after Australia, I noticed a physical downturn. This year was similar. I did not notice the downturn right away, but it came a little later. At the pain level, my body was responding relatively well, after what happened and that led me to make the decision to come. My start to the year has been infinitely better than I could imagine.”
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