Rafael Nadal says he sees 2021 as a ‘very important year’ and he has vowed to do all he can to make a strong start to it.
Nadal knows that if he can win another Grand Slam next season, he is very likely to set a new record for most career major titles.
He won a 13th Roland Garros crown in October to draw level with Roger Federer on 20, but Federer has not won a Grand Slam for three years and, given the Swiss ace is 39-years-old and recovering from double knee surgery, it seems inevitable his best days are behind him.
“My goals remain the same; they are not easier or harder,” Nadal said. “I want to give 100% and every tournament and have a chance to fight for the title.
“My motivation has always been the same, year after year. 2021 will be very important, and I want to be ready for things I want to fight for.
“I will work hard during the off-season and get ready for a strong start.”
Nadal made a decent start to the the 2020 season, reaching the Australian Open quarterfinal and winning in Acapulco before the enforced coronavirus break.
However, he was also cutting something of a jaded figure after extending his 2019 season to lead Spain to Davis Cup glory.
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