MADRID, 23 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal is clear that he would like current tennis to offer "more diverse styles because most play in a very similar way" and remarked that "there is no one more important" than a sport itself and that "time will generate stars that are on their way" and that they will take over from the 'Big 4'.
"I would like tennis to be played that offers more opportunities and with more diverse styles of play because today most play in a very similar way and the conditions in which it is played leave little room for other tactics, beyond what happens on land, which gives more opportunities", said Nadal at a press conference in Buenos Aires to play an exhibition tournament with the Norwegian Casper Ruud and collected by the ESPN website.
The Spaniard made it clear that his sense of sport is "also thinking to achieve the goal." "Before, not all the balls were attacked and today there is no transition or point preparation. It has gone well for me, luckily, but nostalgically speaking I like another sport," he warned.
On the other hand, after ending his season, he insisted that he is "happy" and that at the current moment in his career his position "is a gift." "I am always passionate about what I do and with maximum intensity. I don't have 10 years ahead of me, but I will try to give my best until I can", stressed the number two in the world.
The winner of 22 'Grand Slams' does not hide the fact that the times of the 'Big 4' that he has lived with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will take over. "In the past there was Borg, McEnroe, Lendl or Sampras and now we are, but there is no one more important than sport," he commented.
"Each year there will be four 'Grand Slam' champions and multiple historical champions. The next generation will continue to forge their path with the titles, time will generate stars that are on the way," added Nadal, who "due to the contrast of styles, personalities and affinity , and for sharing so many beautiful things on and off the track", acknowledged that Federer's withdrawal meant "dismissing an important part" of his life.
In Argentina, he will be accompanied by the Norwegian Casper Ruud and will have the opportunity to play a mixed double with the legendary Argentine tennis player Gabriela Sabatini, which is "a great illusion". "He is a great icon for this country and for all women's sports. It is a great satisfaction for me to experience these beautiful moments," he confessed.
Finally, he was asked about the World Cup in Qatar and assured that Argentina, despite losing to Saudi Arabia, "is a candidate" to win it and that the Albiceleste is one of those that has "a tad of advantage over the others" such as Spain, France or Germany. "As a Spaniard, I trust our team," he declared.