Nadal reveals retirement plans and how important No 1 status is to him

Rafael Nadal says he will retire when his body tells him to and he knows he may have to sacrifice world number one status to prolong his career. 

Speaking at a corporate event for Banco Sabadell, Nadal said: “I am happy playing tennis.

“When the time comes to say goodbye, I’ll know. I have respect for everything that may happen.

“My life has more things than competing at the highest level.”

Nadal is the current ATP world number one after a brilliant year in which he’s fully taken advantage of injuries to Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.

However, the Spaniard is philosophical about it, admitting he would be foolish to push himself too hard in a desperate bid to cling on to the ranking.

“I’m not going to do crazy things to keep [the No 1 ranking]. My health is paramount.”