‘Watching Rafael Nadal has kept me motivated to keep working hard,’ says former top ten ace

Kevin Anderson has named Rafael Nadal is perhaps his greatest inspiration in tennis due to his incredible longevity in the game.

Nadal is the same age as Anderson, but he has been on the scene much longer due to the fact he turned professional aged just 15.

That is something that is highly unusual, and it is made even more remarkable that he has managed to keep himself at the top despite starting so early.

“Rafael Nadal has been somebody who has motivated me to keep working hard,” Anderson said.

“He was having amazing success at 16/17 and I turned pro a few years later. It’s a bit of an adjustment for me going from watching him to being a competitor.

“He has been a pretty standout player, not only in our generation, but he will go down as one of the best in the history of the sport.”

Despite his hid admiration for Nadal, Anderson says beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2018 is his greatest memory in tennis.

“The Slam finals were very special,” Anderson said. “But if I was pressed to choose one specific match, it would be at Wimbledon – either beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon or the really long match against John Isner in the semis.”

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