This week, the main focuses of “white sport” will be on Austria. The ATP 500 Vienna held its main draw draw, where Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and German Alexander Zverev start as the favorites for the title. Tsitsipas, current world number three, leads the top of the table and had a very complicated debut when he had to face the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who has just made the semifinals in Indian Wells. In last year’s edition they met in the round of 16, with Dimitrov taking the 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory. The winner of this clash will be measured against the one between Serbian Dusan Lajovic and a player from qualifying. In this same part of the table is the Argentine Diego Schwartzman (8), who will debut against the Italian Fabio Fognini. In addition, there are other prominent names such as the French Gael Monfils and the Italian Lorenzo Musetti. Also in the upper part of the frame, but in the lower quadrant, are the Norwegian Casper Ruud (4), the Italian Jannik Sinner (7), and the powerful servers Lloyd Harris and Reilly Opelka. In turn, on the other side of the graph, the first in the seed is the German Alexander Zverev (2), who will face the Serbian Filip Krajinovic in the first round. Later you could see the faces with the Australian Alex de Miñaur. The Italian Matteo Berrettini (3), the Polish Hubert Hurkacz (5) and the Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime (6) are the other players who are better positioned. Part of the ‘Big 3’, Rafael Nadal, is without a doubt one of the greatest ever to set foot on a tennis court. The player from Mallorca, Spain has been dominating the tour and has raised the bar in the men’s game. The basic principles instilled in the Spaniard have been key in helping him become such a successful personality.
Uncle Toni on his nephew Rafa
Recently, Toni Nadal spoke about the values he inculcated in his nephew Rafael Nadal. He remembered certain principles he tried to make Rafa understand, which would help him in the long run to be a successful individual. Toni had been coaching Rafael since he was a child and their professional association continued till 2017. The 60-year-old stated, “I always said to Nadal, don’t complain because this complaint will not help us. We always have to do everything possible to win. It is very wrong to complain. I think complaining is of no use to you. It does not help you. And in addition, it gives a very bad effect.” Since the beginning of his career, Rafa has been under the guidance of his uncle. The fruits of having such an influence on one’s growth process are very instrumental. Seeing Toni Nadal, one can sense where Rafa got his humble attitude from.