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‘You can learn everything from Rafael Nadal’, says Top 10

The Spanish champion Rafael Nadal has lived a magical 2022, to put it in some way. This year the Iberian champion triumphed in two Grand Slam titles, the Australian Open and Roland Garros, and thus became the first tennis player in history to reach 22 Grand Slam titles.

Rafa’s numbers are gigantic and the Spanish champion is considered, along with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, as one of the three strongest athletes in tennis history. Many continue to argue over who is the GOAT among the three, but the protagonists of this matchup have repeatedly stated that they have no interest in being defined as the greatest of all time.

Nadal ended the season with some difficulties, probably due mainly to the usual physical problems that have plagued him for a long time, but now the Mallorcan phenomenon is embarking on a tour of South America with the Norwegian tennis player and his friend Casper Ruud.

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The two faced each other in Quito that night and this time it was the Nordic who prevailed, winning with a double 6-4. Both met in the ATP finals in Turin as the last official match and in that case it was the Spanish champion who prevailed.

At the post-match press conference in Quito, Ecuador, Rafa spoke like this. These are his words, specifically: “I don’t think about being the best player in history, that’s something that he left in the background.

The important legacy for me is that all the people I have lived with in these 20 years have a great human memory of me. At the end of the day, the human aspect, education, respect and affection with which you can treat people is the main thing, in the end that is what remains over time”

Ruud pays tribute to Nadal

World No. 3 Casper Ruud stated that he is indebted to Rafael Nadal and his family for the role they have played in his evolution as a tennis player. “You can learn everything from Rafa, from any type of shot to mentality and professionalism,” said Ruud, adding, “When I arrived at the structure I was surprised by the intensity of each training session, and that has helped me to increase the intensity that I put into each practice.

Rafa’s team and his family are incredible. They have always been with me, and they do a spectacular job with a young community.” Ruud has had a successful 2022 season, reaching the final at two Grand Slams, one Masters 1000, and the ATP Finals.

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