The Spaniard, Rafael Nadal began his expedition to collect Roland-Garros titles in 2005 by defeating Roger Federer in the semi-finals and 14 years later he does the same lift his 12th title in Paris and increases the Grand Slam tally by one in the Big Three’s account and extends their count to 53.
John McEnroe asked Rafa, how is he unusually consistent at the clay major, “I don’t know,” Rafael Nadal said in a conversation with John McEnroe on Court Philippe-Chatrier.“Just working hard and hold a passion for what I am doing, that’s all. You need to be a little lucky and ready for these two weeks. It happened a lot of times in my career and its really amazing. To have this trophy with me again you don’t know how much it means to me.”
A few weeks ago situations were different for Rafael Nadal, he was not at his best on the court and dealt with several injuries. This year’s ‘American Swing’ was incomplete for him due to a knee injury and later, at the beginning of the clay court season, Rafa’s form on clay was also substandard.
“Everyone has been so emotional, I can remember a couple of ones which were really amazing. But this one, I have been going through some very tough moments over the last 18 months. A lot of injuries, a lot of problems on my body so. After Indian Wells, when I had to retire in the semifinals against Roger, mentally I went down”, World NUmber two, Rafael Nadal continued.
The Spaniard is a warrior on and off the court, he introspected to set things straight. After his series of loss, he filled his title-less drought since the Canada Masters 2018 at the Italian Open 2019 where he dispatched the World Number one, Novak Djokovic in the finals and flourishingly culminated the clay court season at Roland-Garros.
“With the help of my family and team, I was able to keep going, working and accepting the challenge, accepting that I need to work every day. Just to improve a few things, not big improvements, just small improvements and that’s the way to finally be here with the trophy,” Rafael Nadal added.