Having a record of the former top 10 in the Women’s tennis circuit, the Russian tennis star Daria Kasatkina has won two career singles titles so far. However, the 23-years-old admits she has been a fan of Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal since she was a little girl.
After winning his 13th title at the French Open this year, Spaniard equalled Roger Federer’s Grand Slam record tally of 20 titles, which is most in men’s tennis history.
In a recent interview with Marca, World No.72 Daria Kasatkina was asked about her ‘crying moment’ while Rafael Nadal was lifting the title at Roland Garros a few months ago.
“When you see a 34-year-old, who has won everything and is still crying with victory, it is really inspiring, to see that he is still hungry from the first day.”, Kasatkina said.
“If I Have To Choose An Example To Follow, I Choose Rafa”: Daria Kasatkina
Nadal won his first Grand Slam title during the 2005 French Open, which is his first appearance in that event. In the championship match, He trounced Mariano Puerta of Argentina after a set down(6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5).
Russian Woman also said that she knows Spaniard for a long time because Daria has been following him since she was an eight-year-old girl when she was watching Rafa’s first Roland Garros final in the tank top, those long pants and he already had those muscles.
Kasatkina continued, “I know all his results. If I have to choose an example to follow, I choose Rafa. He has the heart of the true athlete because he always gives everything.”(Quotes translated into English via Google Translator)
Even though Rafael Nadal began the preparation ahead of the upcoming season, he confirmed his participation at the 2021 Australian Open.