World number two Rafael Nadal has been talking about his career, and his gratitude to tennis for giving him more than he could dream of.
Nadal has enjoyed an illustrious tennis career, spending a total of 209 weeks as World number one and equalling Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam titles.
The Spaniard is currently in Adelaide ahead of the Australian Open and is hoping to extend his Grand Slam total down under, only lifting that particular trophy once before.
In an interview with CNN from his hotel room, Nadal reflected on his career so far and what motivates him to continually succeed.
“Of course it would be amazing for me to win one more and at the end of my career be the player with the most Grand Slams, but I know that will not be the key for my happiness in the future,” Nadal said.
“Thanks to tennis, I was able to travel to places I never expected, meet a lot of people and in terms of tennis, I always try to try my best every single day and to be a better player.
“Go everyday on the practice court with a goal to improve something and that’s my approach to my tennis career.
“I have never been obsessed with trying to be the best, I just focus on trying to give my best in every single moment.
“The main thing is to come back home after every season and say: ‘I’m proud, I did everything I could’.
“Honestly, I did much more that I ever dreamed in my tennis career.”
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