The 5ft 7inch Diego Schwartzman is one of the shortest players on the ATP tour. In a post-match press conference, Rafael Nadal was asked whether he would have defeated the Argentinian if he was his size. The Mallorcan however, dismissed the question as he had a problem with the word ‘if’.
The 18-time Grand Slam champion explained that he would only like to answer questions that were based on reality. The 33-year-old said, “The problem is “if”. “If” don’t exist in this world.”
Rafael Nadal also suggested that if he would have been Schwarzman’s size then he would have adapted his game according to his height. He continued, “The word “if” is very dangerous, because if I was his size, maybe I will adapt my game to that size. If he was my size, he will adapt the game to this size.”
The Spaniard further praised the 27-year-old and said, “So I always try to speak in real terms, and he’s one of the best players in the world. When he’s playing well, he’s able to win against everybody. Tonight was for me. Tough match. I’m very happy for the victory.”