‘She Is a Fighter’- Coco Gauff’s Attitude Impresses Idol Rafael Nadal as He Heaps Praise on Her at Wimbledon Championships 2022

Published 07/01/2022, 6:10 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2022 Coco Gauff of the U.S. celebrates winning her second round match against Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu REUTERS/Paul Childs

American rising star Coco Gauff seems like one of the outside contenders for this year’s Wimbledon trophy. After struggling in the first round, she looked her best in the second round as she took down her opponent in straight sets. Now she is all set to battle her compatriot Anisimova to make it to the last 16 of the tournament.

While Gauff is riding high on form, something that will boost her morale is praise from one of the all-time greats. Rafael Nadal, the 22-time Grand Slam champion, recently spoke about how he admires the rising star.

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Rafael Nadal about Coco Gauff

The Spaniard is known for his gentle, kind, and supportive behavior, especially off the court. Recently, Nadal spoke about Gauff. He said, ” I like her the way she talks to the crowd, to the press at the end of the matches.”

Further, he added, “She’s fresh. She’s natural. Looks very mature in her thoughts.. She is a fighter. I like the way that she plays.” It is worth noting that the 14-time French Open champion is good friends with Polish tennis ace Iga Swiatek., one of the biggest rivals of Gauff at present. Even so, he didn’t let his friendship hinder his opinion about the 18-year-old.

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Speaking of Wimbledon, Gauff registered herself for the third round on 1st July by thrashing Romanian Mihaela Buzărnescu in the second round at Centre Court.

Gauff agianst Anisimova

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Gauff will square off with the 2019 French Open semifinalist on Saturday for a seat in the round of 16. While the 11th seed is ready to enter the last 16 for the third consecutive year, Anisimova will look forward to breaking new ground in London this year.

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Coco Gauff of the United States hits to Magda Linette of Poland on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Further, during their junior days, Anisimova defeated the 2022 French Open finalist to claim the junior US Open trophy. However, when they met in the professional circuit for the first time on the clay court of Parma, Coco Gauff avenged her loss.

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In addition, Anisimova was the player who made Naomi Osaka, the four-time Grand Slam champion, pack her bags in the very first round of the French Open. Therefore, she will certainly be a threat to Gauff’s run at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

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Mahima Verma

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Mahima Verma is a Tennis writer for EssentiallySports. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Hotel Management from IHM Mumbai. A sports enthusiast, particularly Tennis since her childhood, Mahima believes that she is fortunate enough to witness the legends like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams play.

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