Rafael Nadal says he ‘can’t predict’ when he will retire, although he struggles to see him playing beyond the next couple of years.
Nadal shares the record with Roger Federer for most career Grand Slams, although Novak Djokovic is very close behind.
At 35-years-old, though, Nadal knows there are far fewer days ahead in his career than there are behind, but when asked if he sees himself playing into his 40s, as it looks like Federer will, the Spaniard says he struggles to see it.
“For the moment, I’m happy what I’m doing,” Nadal told the press ahead of Barcelona, where he is the top seed.
“I’m enjoying it and I hope to have the chance to keep around the tournaments for the next couple of years.
“Of course, I will not be playing until the age of 45, no? I am always trying to do things as best as possible to play as long as possible.
“As everybody knows, of course it’s going to arrive one day that you cannot keep going.”
“I mean, you can’t predict what’s going on in the future. I have all my partnerships with my brands, some of them much longer than that.”
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