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Rafael Nadal turns philosophical in interesting statement on fitness and retirement ahead of Italian Open 2024: WATCH

Rafael Nadal is a happy man when it comes to playing professional tennis at this stage of his career. With age catching up with him and his physicality no longer being the same, Rafa knows he is not the favorite to win the Masters 1000 event, in which he is the most successful player of all time. So Nadal revealed the mentality with which he will approach the tournament and he has once again become philosophical, which is admirable.

In an interview with Tennis TV, Rafael Nadal was asked to comment on his practice sessions in Rome, which went viral on social media. The Spaniard also spoke about his shaky form at this time. But more importantly, the King of Clay revealed he was excited to set foot in the iconic Foro Italico. Instead of being optimistic about his chances, Nadal has decided to take a more realistic approach in an attempt to put on a good show.

“I arrived here on Saturday. Good days, better (other) days worse as always. But overall it’s improving, right? I mean, I feel good, I feel happy with the way things are improving and I’m excited. Rome is one of the most important tournaments in my tennis career, isn’t it? Ten wins here and a few unforgettable matches. I want to try to do it again here at a good level,” Nadal commented.

Rafa is known for his ‘play-to-win’ mentality. However, his approach of wanting to organize a memorable match indirectly indicates that the thought of retirement is not weighing heavily on him now.

A few months ago, Nadal withdrew from tournaments and sounded extremely insecure when it came to his fitness. But after declaring that 2024 will most likely be his final season on the ATP Tour, the Spaniard appears to be settling into his place more quickly upon his return.

The Raging Bull talked about the progress he has made in recent weeks from the Barcelona Open to the Madrid Open.

“I always expect good things! I’m a positive guy. But in real life, things don’t get better and better every week. Sometimes it’s a little worse and then I’m better again. Be ready to accept the challenges for how things will turn out. My moment is a little more unpredictable than it was a few years ago. So I accept that and just try to live with doubts and with the moments that I live and face now. But at the same time with the hope that I can be competitive and play good tennis,” said the former world number 1.

After being knocked out by Alex de Minaur in the second round of the Barcelona Open, the 22-time Grand Slam winner reached the fourth round of the Madrid Open. Many believe Nadal could very well find his rhythm by the time the 2024 French Open begins in the fourth week of May.

The interview also shows that Rafael Nadal still has an interesting mix of someone his fans look up to for inspiration, and that he is extremely relatable at that point because he is honest about his struggles. But this isn’t the only time Rafa’s comments have left fans impressed with him.

Rafael Nadal rejected comparisons and spoke about his achievements in 2019

In 2019, Rafael Nadal rejected Grand Slam comparisons to Roger Federer. Instead, the Spaniard issued a philosophical statement that showed he was content with the legacy he has created.

“Whether I catch Roger or not, I’m not really worried about it,” Nadal said this according to BBC Sport.

“You can’t be frustrated all the time because the neighbor has a bigger house than you, or a bigger TV, or a better garden.

“I’m going to do my best to continue to enjoy tennis and give myself opportunities to compete at the highest level, and we’ll see what happens.” the Spaniard added.

Rafa plays without any pressure and enjoys his tennis, and seems much happier spending time on the court.