When players like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are off the circuit, everything is different. The tournaments continue regularly, new champions are elected, but when the “Big Three” go to the pitch it has a completely different flavor, there is little to do. The longest in custody are the Spaniard and the Swiss, respectively struggling with ankle and knee problems, while the Serbian is simply recharging his batteries after yet another over the top season. What makes the three champions great are their human as well as technical qualities. There has always been a deep respect between them and as soon as possible they do not miss the opportunity to speak well of each other.
Rafa is currently suffering from a foot injury
Rafael Nadal was officially given the title “adopted son” by the city council of Sant Llorenc des Cardessar, a Mallorcan municipality, in a plenary session on Wednesday. “I am very grateful and I feel great satisfaction for this recognition, but I regret that it was caused by a disaster where lives were lost,” Nadal was quoted as saying by MARCA. “The truth is that it saddens me to remember those days and I wish it had never happened.” The Spaniard said he contributed in whatever way he saw fit at the time without expecting any recognition in return. “I did what I felt in that moment, without expecting recognition in return, as I have done all my life,” he said. Nadal also took to Instagram to express his gratitude at receiving the distinction. “I am very grateful to the people of Sant Llorenç for making me their adopted son! It is a great satisfaction for me that the people have thought that we deserve such an honor,” Nadal wrote. In a recent interview to NumberWeb, Nadal revealed that he has been a huge tennis fan right from his childhood. He recalled that he always enjoyed the matches between tennis legends, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, as he would learn so many things from them. “When I was a kid, I was a big fan of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, and I loved watching the match between them. I learned an aggressive playing style from Sampras and a fighting spirit from Agassi. The match between them was very inspiring as they are two different types,” said Nadal in the interview. (Translated via Google Translate) “Of course, I was also influenced by my current coach Carlos Moya from Spain. Going back further in history, I like the game of Ilie Nastase,” added the 20-time Grand Slam champion.