One of the greatest tennis player of all time, Rafael Nadal has built a great legacy around him. It is often regarded as a herculean task to defeat Rafa. His dominance on clay is well documented and is highly respected among all sports. Recently his Davis Cup teammate, Roberto Bautista Agut spoke a few words on Rafa’s legacy after he won his 100th ATP match.
In conversation with the ATP, Bautista Agut lauded Nadal’s mental strength and strategy in his matches. He is fascinated by how Nadal approaches Roland Garros each year.
“His figures for him are tremendous, but perhaps highlighting that, to reach those numbers, he must have amental capacity to know how to face each Roland Garros principle, for example.”
Roberto Bautista Agut on Rafael Nadal at French Open
Speaking on Nadal’s 2020 French Open triumph, Bautista Agut was left with no words to describe Rafa’s record 13th title in Paris.
“I am fascinated by how he got there this year, his plan was created, he was optimizing his resources and in the end he ended as always, raising the number 13. His ability to know how to start each year as if the previous one had not happened seems from another planet ”.
Rafael Nadal added another touch to his legacy after he won his 1000th ATP singles match at Rolex Paris Masters this week.
Roberto Bautista Agut is well aware of Rafael Nadal’s prowess on clay. The two have faced each other three times, all on clay. Roberto has faced Nadal in all the three most prominent clay-court tournaments on the calendar – French Open, Madrid Open and Monte Carlo Masters. And no guesses needed; Nadal has dominated the head-to-head and leads 3-0.
Roberto Bautista Agut, Rafael Nadal, and Feliciano Lopez were all part of the Davis Cup team that won in 2019. Further, the trio also represented Spain in the ATP Cup. Rafa Nadal’s compatriots have never been jealous of his achievements but instead have shown pride and admiration for the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
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