‘Spanish Romantic Flamenco Music!’- Former World Number One Says He Spied on Rafael Nadal’s Playlist Before the Match

Published 02/03/2022, 2:40 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 31, 2022 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the men’s singles final with trophy REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Rafael Nadal is the most successful tennis player in men’s singles. The Spaniard entered the history books after his stunning victory over Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in a five-setter thriller. With this victory, he became the first man on the planet to lift 21 Grand Slam singles titles. Additionally, he leads this race amongst the ‘Big Three’ in tennis with both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic tied at 20 Grand Slam singles titles.

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Further, the Spanish legend’s victory Down Under left his fans rejoicing. Emotions were difficult to control as Nadal showed immense grit and determination to overcome a tough opponent. Moreover, his fellow players and other celebrities congratulated the 35-year-old on his achievement. Former World Number 1 Mats Wilander had an interesting incident to share while praising Nadal for his efforts.

Mats Wilander recounts meeting Rafael Nadal in the locker room at the French Open

The Swedish legend narrated an incident involving Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros. He said, “I was next to him in the locker rooms at Roland Garros, maybe 10 years ago, and I was hearing music. I was getting ready to play a legends doubles. I was hearing this music, and I was like, ‘oh it’s Rafa’ and I would love to know what kind of music he was listening to…”

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 3, 2021. Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his second round match against France’s Richard Gasquet REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

He went on to add, “And eventually I heard it and it was some sort of Spanish romantic flamenco music and I just melted… He’s getting excited, the music was as relaxing as anything.”

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Nadal has made a remarkable start to the season after spending the last half of the previous season on the sidelines. His foot injury took a toll on the Spaniard, which forced him to miss the latter half of the 2021 season. However, the Spaniard has come back strongly as usual. Can Rafa continue his winning run in the coming tournaments? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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