Rafael Nadal: 'I always think they must be much better than me'

“I always think they must be much better than me”

Paraguayan junior Daniel Vallejo couldn’t hide his happiness after having a chance to meet 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal. Vallejo, 18, competed this week with an ITF junior ranking at No. 2. While Nadal was preparing for the North American hard-court tour, he had a training session with promising Paraguayan Vallejo.

“What’s better than that? Thank you Rafael Nadal,” Vallejo wrote on Twitter. Nadal, 36, won the first two Grand Slams of the season and his next goal was to win his first Wimbledon title since 2010. At Wimbledon, Nadal made good progress by reaching the semifinals.

Unfortunately, Nadal was hampered by an abdominal injury during his quarterfinal match against Taylor Fritz and this injury forced him to take Nick Kyrgios with him in the semifinals. Withdrawing from his Wimbledon semi-final wasn’t easy for Nadal but he didn’t want to risk worsening his injury.

“I can’t imagine winning two games and out of respect for myself I don’t want to go out and not be competitive enough,” Nadal said at Wimbledon. “A few weeks ago I saw my career very differently because of the foot injury.

The most important thing is luck more than any title. I can’t risk this game and be out of the competition for two or three months. I’m very sad and it’s very difficult.” Three weeks have passed since Nadal’s withdrawal from Wimbledon and now he is preparing for the Montreal Masters which starts on August 7th.

“Nadal is very excited to come to Montreal and his hotel rooms are already booked,” revealed Montreal tournament director Eugene Lapierre.

In 2005, Rafa won his first French Open

Rafael Nadal turned professional in 2001 and already belonged in the league of legendary players.

The 16-year-old entered the ATP with strong willpower and a well-crafted list of ambitions. As he said: “Well I think I would go as far as I can to become a great tennis player. I just have to work hard every day.

I know it won’t be easy.” Afterwards, he added: “There is so much high-level competition out there. Usually when I play tournaments because I’m younger than everyone else I always think they must be way better than me.

But then you come on the pitch and because I’m a fighter and really hate to lose things tend to settle down.” True to his claims, the young Spanish-blood caught up within four years of his debut his first ever Grand Slam trophy.

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