What makes a good sportsman great? The answer to this question is that they don’t play for records. And Rafael Nadal is one of those great players who live to rejoice in the game, not records.
The Spaniard is currently partaking in the season opener Grand Slam in Australia. On Tuesday, he won his quarter-final bout against Canada’s Shapovalov and moved a step further towards a record 21st Grand Slam title. But that is not the ultimate prize Nadal seeks from this tournament.
In his post-match presentation at Melbourne Park, Nadal clarifies that he doesn’t live for the records. When asked about his chances of creating a history in the same arena, Nadal’s reply shocked everyone.
“I don’t hope anything,” the 35-year-old said. “I’m not going to be frustrated if Novak or Roger finishes the career with more Grand Slams than me, no? I mean, let’s enjoy the situation that we did, every one of us, we did extraordinary things in our sport,” he added, reports Reuters.
Rafael Nadal great run continues
This has been a significant phase of transition for Nadal. He was suffering from a career-threatening injury only a few months ago, and now contending for the record speaks volumes about his determination.
Rafael Nadal was facing issues in the long game against Shapovalov earlier. He was 2 set up in the game before his 22-year-old showed great determination to push the game to the fifth set.
Rafael was even forced to take a medical break in between the sets. But he came back strong to beat his opponent and register a spot in the semifinals.
He now has an extra day’s advantage, which will do a world of good in the upcoming matches. The whole of the Tennis fraternity will be watching him with fingers crossed as he marches towards the historical figure of 21 career Slams.