‘If Nadal has a bad day, he beats you – if he has a good day, he’ll destroy you,’ says youngster

Young German ace Daniel Altmaier has named Rafael Nadal as the player he aspires to emulating due to his intensity.

Altmaier made a real impression at the French Open, where he reached the fourth round (beating Matteo Berrettini on the way) before losing to Pablo Carreno Busta.

It was a fitting venue for a breakout performance too, given the man who inspires him.

“I want to learn from people like Rafael Nadal who stumbled and then came back,” Altmaier told Bild.

“His record will last forever. In the team, we often take Nadal as a role model.

“My trainer Francisco Yunis is from Argentina. 90 percent of Argentines play to finance their lives and started tennis for the money. They have an attitude of working hard.

“Nadal is very similar to them. He manages to get the best out of it every day. You never get to see him weak as a spectator.

“My coach says: If he has a bad day, he wins against you. If he’s having a good day, he’ll kill you.”

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