Rafael Nadal compared to a Formula 1 team as he produces a ‘new way of playing and adapting’ every year
French great Henri Leconte has hailed Rafael Nadal as an “extraordinary” player due to his ability to improve every year, adding his mentality is “out of this world”.
Nadal has won 19 Grand Slams, which leaves him just one shy of Roger Federer’s all-time mark, while the Spaniard has also won a record 12 French Open titles.
His achievements at Roland Garros are incredible as he has only lost twice in Paris since making his debut back in 2005.
Former French Open runner-up Leconte used a brilliant analogy to describe Nadal’s Roland Garros record.
“When you think about it, 12 Roland Garros in 15 years,” he said during an interview with Stats Perform.
“You don’t think it would be possible. If someone told you that, you’d say, ‘You’re crazy.’
“What’s astonishing to me is how he evolved physically, how he changed his game, how he improved.
“I like to compare him to an F1 racing team which is producing a new car every year, he is coming every year with a new way of playing and adapting.
“He works on his serve, on his right hand, his left hand, and he’s always changing some things.
“He’s been able to improve every year which allowed him to win Roland Garros, this is amazing. And mentally, he’s out of this world.
“To play at his level at Roland Garros, under these circumstances, physically and mentally, I couldn’t even play one set like that.
“During my time, [Sergi] Bruguera was a bit like him, and when I had to play him on clay, with my style, I knew it was over, I was about to run everywhere and get destroyed.
“Rafa is extraordinary. This is what’s impressive and people don’t realise how much he works.”
Roger Federer ‘will need to rely on Dominic Thiem to keep his records,’ says French Open winner
Is Austrian Federer’s ‘best ally’?
‘They let me play despite positive coronavirus test,’ says Benoit Paire as he demands Roland Garros clarity
Frenchman confused by rules.
Greg Rusedski claims Novak Djokovic may lose his motivation one Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal retire
Is Serb’s shelf-life shorter than we think?
Benoit Paire allowed to play in Hamburg despite positive Covid-19 test
Rules in Germany meant Paire was deemed no longer to be infectious.
How a switch to a Babolat racket propelled Carlos Moya to French Open glory
Former French Open champion Carlos Moya has a story…
Mats Wilander backs Novak Djokovic to land French Open title after expressing Rafael Nadal concerns
Are conditions against Nadal this time around?
‘Roland Garros coronavirus situation worries me,’ admits top seed Simona Halep
Romanian admits concerns.
Stan Wawrinka parts ways with long-time coach despite ‘amazingly successful partnership’
Stan the man seeking a new direction.
‘I will be taking the rest of the season off,’ says Bianca Andreescu as injury nightmare continues
Injury continues to plague Canadian star.