‘I can’t say I’ve been lucky with injuries, because I haven’t’ – Rafael Nadal shares secret of his longevity
Rafael Nadal says that a love of tennis has sustained him in the sport, after admitting injuries have severely tested him throughout his career.
Nadal became the oldest year-end world number one in history at the age of 33 in November, despite many experts predicting his intense style of play would limit his shelf-life at the top of tennis.
He will be bidding for a 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, and should he achieve it will draw level with Roger Federer at the top of the all-time list – but what is the secret to his apparent age and injury defying powers?
“Well, I can’t say I have been lucky with injuries, because I have not,” he told reporters at Melbourne Park on Saturday.
“But there is no secret. There is only passion, about love for the game, and about being able to stay positive in the tough moments.
“It’s true that I went through some tough situations during all my career.
“But I was able to always, with probably the positive attitude and with the right people around, to find a way to keep going.
“[It’s] something that is difficult to imagine for me because of my style of game, as a lot of people said, my career should be little bit shorter.
“But here we are. [I’m] happy for that. Even for me is a big surprise to be where I am at my age.”
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“Perhaps it is the greatest breakthrough of all time,” says Dominic Thiem.
‘Unfair that Novak Djokovic is always the bad guy and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the good guys’
“I hope he is treated a little more fairly,” says Boris Becker.
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Just Venus, Serena and Maria enjoying a laugh in the bathroom at the Met Gala.
‘I think it’s gradually sinking in a bit more,’ says Emma Raducanu after ‘whirlwind experience’
The teenager took part in a round of breakfast TV and radio interviews.
‘People are talking about tennis again,’ revels Boris Becker after ‘Dame Emma Raducanu’s’ heroics
Boris Becker waxes lyrical about Emma Raducanu.
Tennis to introduce ‘Stefanos Tsitsipas bathroom break rule’ following Greek’s lengthy loo visits?
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LTA chief insists Emma Raducanu will not lose focus after stunning rise to the top
Lloyd has called for the newly-crowned US Open champion to be given “breathing space”.
Emma Raducanu delighted to return back in the UK and reunite with her father
Raducanu was pictured outside her house after travelling back from New York.
Introducing Wilson’s Blade v8 racket Emma Raducanu could use at the Australian Open
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Shock defeat for Andy Murray as he is beaten in Rennes
The Russian is ranked 42 places below Murray.