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'Rafael Nadal could die on the court yet continue to play,' says top ten star

Rafael Nadal celebrates at US Open

Andrey Rublev says Rafael Nadal has been so successful in his career because he fights harder than any other player in men's tennis. 

Nadal is currently out injured after playing the Australian Open with a back injury, and many don't expect to see him again until the European clay season starts next month.

It's a time of year when Nadal is traditionally dominant, with an amazing 13 of his record-equalling 20 Grand Slam titles coming on the clay of Roland Garros.

But while Rafael Nadal is so technically brilliant on clay, Rublev says his success can't be put down to that alone.

“He is someone who will always fight to the end, no matter what," Rublev told reporters in Dubai of Nadal.

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"He could die on the court but he would continue to play,”

“Nadal has won 13 French Open titles. It should motivate us all to try to win it at least once."

While Rublev is feeling inspired by Nadal to win a French Open, he will have to drastically improve his record there.

The Russian has only played the event twice before, and never managed to get beyond the quarterfinal stage.

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