The 20-times grand slam champion Rafael Nadal recently interacted with his fans in an online Q&A at the Rolex Paris Masters 2020. Just after his quarter-final win over Pablo Carreno Busta, he answered many questions.
The world number two touched upon several topics, including his dreams that are left, his go-to shot in a match and how he remains so motivated even after all these years.
When asked about his dreams going ahead in life, he mentioned his professional as well as personal life goals. The Spaniard talked about wanting to go forward with tennis and being happy and competitive. Moreover, he also wishes to start his own family!
“In terms of my tennis career, the dream is just to keep going and to make sure that I am happy to do it and that I am competitive. So, my goal is just to keep going. And in terms of life, there are plenty of things to come hopefully. Of course, I want to create a family. There are a lot of experiences to come after tennis I am sure, so I am excited about what’s going on.”, Nadal said.
“I Like The Forehand”: Rafael Nadal
Thes34-year-old also shared his favourite shot to play while on the court. His preference seems to be clear, that is the forehand. He trusts his forehand in crucial times more than any other shot!
“I like the forehand. Not the service even though I am serving better these days. I honestly don’t have a favourite shot, but if I have to say, then it’s the forehand because if I have an important point to play, it would be with the forehand.” the Spaniard said.
When asked about how he manages to stay so motivated and competitive even after so many years, Nadal talked about his passion and love for the sport.
“Well, I love what I am doing. I don’t understand the sport in any other way. I just try to give my best every single day to give myself chances in every match, to fight until the end.”, Nadal responded.
Another interesting question was about the sleep schedule that the star follows. A fan seemed interested about how the Spaniard manages to get enough sleep during travel and tournaments.
“I normally sleep well. When we travel around the world and there are major times differences. I normally try and arrive with enough time ahead of the tournament in order to adapt to the conditions (jet lag, courts, weather). I try to do things in the best possible way in order to be ready for the action.”, The 20-time grand slam champion replied.
Nadal seems to be going strong even now, by breaking records every step of the way. He recently won his record 13th French open title and is now tied with Roger Federer at 20 for the most Grand Slams in men’s tennis history!