Rafael Nadal showed good condition on the eve of the ATP Cup and, especially, the Australian Open. The Spanish champion has in fact beaten Dominic Thiem in the performance held in Adelaide in recent days, even if we will have to wait for official commitments to test the Mallorcan's state of shape.
The 34-years-old from Manacor will be on the hunt for his second title at Melbourne Park after that of 2009, which would also allow him to overtake eternal rival Roger Federer in the all-time Grand Slam standings. The former world number 1 took advantage of the very difficult 2020 to win yet another Roland Garros, moreover without giving up even a set along the way.
Rafa demolished Novak Djokovic in the final, redeeming the blow he suffered at the hands of the Serbian in the last act of the Australian Open 2019. In a long interview with Christiane Amanpour for CNN, Nadal touched on various topics related to tennis and his private life.
During the conversation, the Spaniard also dwelt on the strange routines that have characterized him for many years now.
Nadal: "I'm not obsessed with records"
"I know that in some ways they are stupid rituals," began Nadal.
"On the other hand, I don't do these things in training or in normal life. They allow me to mark the distinction between matches and training sessions. When I do all of these routines, I feel 100% focused on what I am doing.
The routines help you stay focused on the goal and also make you more confident," he added. Rafa took the opportunity to praise his great rivals Federer and Djokovic: "Records are important, I'm a competitive person, but I've never been obsessed with having to be the best.
I've done a lot more than I ever dreamed of in my career. Federer, Djokovic and I have done good things for ourselves and for tennis in general. Having someone in front of you who express themselves on such high levels gives you a clear clue as to what you need to do to improve."
The first Grand Slam of the new tennis season is approaching: finally fans, media and insideres will be able to admire the greatests tennis stars on the planet, like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and all the others, who will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, which will be held in Melbourne from 8 February.
It will be the most awaited sports event of the first part of the new season. It will be a very spectacualr season, and all of us hope without the problems of the last one, with some presence of the crowd in the courts across the world.
Roger Federer, after he said he will not play the Australian Slam, should come back on the court, for the joy of his fans di lui, at the end of February or at the beginning of March.