Rafael Nadal will play the first match after the defeat in the semifinals of Roland Garros by Novak Djokovic, at the upcoming tournament in Washington, and then he will try to win the 21st Grand Slam title in New York. He says he's not ready yet, but ...
"I don't think I'm 100%, but the goal is to get closer to that on the day I start the tournament," Rafa said in an interview with CBS Evening News. By winning the tournament in Paris, and then Wimbledon, Novak equaled the Spaniard and Roger Federer in the number of Grand Slam cups.
However, that race does not bother Rafa. "Honestly, it's as important as ever. The fact that Novak has 20, Roger 20 and I 20 cups doesn't increase my motivation or pressure. My approach won't change." "I'm always the same.
I work on my own. If Novak or Roger play there and they won- well done to them. I will not be frustrated by that. I know that I have achieved something I never dreamed of, and I will continue to fight, to work ... " The tournament in Washington will be his first with many spectators since the beginning of the pandemic.
"I think sports, in general, need mass. I think it's harder for older players than for younger ones because younger players have the energy for everything."
Pandemic and mental health
Because of the pandemic, he poses less for selfies.
"I think everyone should be worried about the coronavirus. A lot of people are suffering, a lot of people are dying ..." He does not feel pressure from the younger competition either. "Everyone approaches the problem in a different way.
We are under pressure because you feel more stress because of the competition." "But at the same time, we are super happy because we can work on one of our hobbies. The most important thing in this life, in my opinion, is to be happy above all else.
" He admits that he occasionally feels that the stress impacts his mental health and that pressure can be huge. "Sometimes you feel a little upset." He admits that 2015 was a very difficult year for him. "One approach is to stop it for a while and try to recover.
The other approach is just to accept that you have this problem. You accept that you won't win. My approach was to keep going and slowly get over the situation. That's what I did, and then after the eight months, I started to feel much better," the Spaniard added.