“Obsession None” – Rafael Nadal on Trying To Win a Record 14th French Open Title

Published 05/22/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Rafael Nadal of Spain hugs the Musketeers’ Cup as he celebrates victory following the mens singles final against Dominic Thiem of Austria during day fifteen of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 10, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


When we hear the name Rafael Nadal, Roland Garros is the next thing that comes to mind. The success the Spaniard has enjoyed over a decade in the French capital is mindboggling. His hunger and desire to win the tournament repeatedly is commendable. There has not been any player that has come close to threatening Rafa’s legacy at the French Open.

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Recently, Nadal spoke about the next big tournament in the calendar season. The second Grand Slam event of the year is soon about to begin, 30 May onwards. Like every other year, the supreme Spanish athlete is tipped to lift the crown yet again. 

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 16, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

The 34-year-old spoke on his chances of lifting the title for a record 14th time and stated, “Right now the truth is that, as always, Roland Garros is a very important tournament for everyone. And, in this case, for me, it is the most important tournament of my career, without a doubt. The only thing I’m focusing on right now is trying to be my best, right? Later, we will see what I am capable of.

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“But, well, obsession none and illusion, all.” (Quotes translated using Google translate)

Rafael Nadal maintains focus ahead of the French Open 2021

Understandably, Rafa does not want to distract himself from his preparations. He wants to focus and work hard in training sessions in order to help him repeat his heroics at the venue.

Moving onto Nadal’s season so far, he began in Australia and competed at the Australian Open. Unfortunately, his route was cut short in the quarterfinal, after which he took a break and has returned for the clay court events. 

Tennis – ATP 500 – Barcelona Open – Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain – April 25, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the Barcelona Open against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Albert Gea

After resuming his season, he featured in the Monte Carlo Masters. Although he lost in the early stages, he bounced back and captured his 12th title in Barcelona. 

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Following that, he competed in the hometown event in Madrid. His journey did not last long, but he came back strong in the following week to capture his 10th title in Rome. 

Rafa will be next seen in the French capital, Paris. It will be interesting to see how the Spanish dominator performs at the French Open this year.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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