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Rafael Nadal is a happy camper these days, taking well-deserved rest at his island of Mallorca.

Before Roland Garros, the Spaniard had a solid but not great season, suffering losses to his main rivals at the ATP Cup and the Australian Open and winning one title before the coronavirus outbreak.

Spending the next six months at home, Rafa had mixed feelings, enjoying with his family and friends but putting tennis behind a bit, not touching the racquet for two months. After an early exit in Rome in September, Nadal found his A-game when he needed it the most, conquering the 20th Major at Roland Garros to extend his Parisian reign and match Roger Federer’s ultimate record.

Asked about the next steps after accomplishing that historical feat, Nadal said his goal is to keep enjoying what every day offers. Despite all the records and trophies, Nadal is still eager to improve his game and play on a high level every time he steps on the court.

Without that, Nadal would have considered retirement and finding something else to occupy his time, never doing anything without a full dedication. Facing difficult conditions in Paris, Nadal produced another masterclass performance on his beloved clay, winning the 13th title from 16 trips to Roland Garros!

At 34, Nadal became the second-oldest champion in Paris, winning all seven matches without losing a set and writing new chapters of history books. Nadal had to adjust his game to cold and rainy weather, producing more aggressive tennis and still scoring comfortable wins despite a roof over Court Philippe-Chatrier.

Rafael Nadal is eager to play best tennis, looking for next challenges.

In the quarters, Rafa took down the young gun Jannik Sinner after two tight sets, entering the semis where he faced Diego Schwartzman, the one who toppled him in Rome.

Nadal was too good this time, dominating sets one and two and enduring a tough battle in the closing stages of the third to find himself in the 13th Roland Garros final. There, world no. 1 Novak Djokovic stood no chance against the Spaniard, who defended the title with a 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 triumph in two hours and 41 minutes, barely putting a foot wrong and leaving Djokovic far behind to lift the 20th Major crown.

“My goal is to keep enjoying daily life. In the end, I’m a lucky person, and life has smiled upon me so far. I don’t know what is left for me to win, but the excitement is in continuing to move forward. If you don’t have that enthusiasm, it’s time to dedicate yourself to something else.

As long as I have it, I have to keep working hard every day to keep giving myself chances of competing at the highest level,” Rafael Nadal said.

Source: Jovica llic

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