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‘Rafael Nadal is not only what you see on the track’, says legend

Rafael Nadal has confiscated two majors this year.

Rafael Nadal has confiscated two majors this year, leaving fans and insiders alike speechless. The Spanish phenomenon imposed himself at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, extending over Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the all-time Grand Slam ranking.

Thanks to the help of Dr Cotorro, the 36-year-old from Manacor managed to ease the pain in his foot and go to Wimbledon with ambitions for victory. An abdominal tear prevented him from playing the semifinal against Nick Kyrgios and also affected his path towards the US Open.

The Iberian arrived in New York in precarious conditions, leaving the stage already in the second round at the hands of a wild Frances Tiafoe. On Saturday 8 October, Rafa and his wife Xisca gave birth to their first child. According to the latest rumors, the Majorcan should play the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy and the ATP Finals, before traveling to South America for a series of performances.

Through a post published on Instagram, waterpolo legend Jennifer Pareja paid tribute to the 22-time Grand Slam champion.

Pareja praises Rafa Nadal

“Rafael Nadal is not only what you see on the track, which is a lot☺️, what he transmits off it speaks even better about him.

I thought that my admiration for Rafa could not go any further but I assure you that it has increased,” Pareja captioned her post. German tennis player Mischa Zverev, in a recent exclusive Instagram live with Eurosport, opined that it would not be easy for Rafael Nadal to combine both tennis and parenthood.

“Life will change enormously – for the woman, but also for the father. You have to train for two or three hours every morning, after which it’s time for regeneration or fitness. Usually you warm up for half an hour, then you train for two hours, followed by an hour of regeneration.

I know that from me: If you have a child, you also say, ‘I’ll regenerate tomorrow and I need to warm up not me today.’ So three and a half hours of training in the morning becomes two or one and a half,” he explained.

“If you are as successful as Rafa, then you have the financial means to take so many people with you so that everyday life can run smoothly. That makes it easier. It’s different for players who are around 50th or 60th in the world rankings. You have your wife and the coach with you and suddenly the child too,” he added.

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