Rafael doesn’t like to be in the centre of attention and doesn’t have any airs and graces. Were you responsible for it that he didn’t lose the grip on reality?
Rafael grew up with a certain name because his uncle was a professional football player who played in the national team and for Barcelona.
Rafael was already very good when he was young and won tournaments in Spain and in Europe. I always told him that he is a very good player and that he is good in one thing – in tennis. But how many things can we do in our lives? 1000? 2000? I don’t know. He only makes one thing very good. He doesn’t have a reason to think he is a star. He knows where he is. All people have their feet’s on the ground even though some think they don’t.
What are the differences between the tennisplayer Rafael Nadal and the person Rafael?
There are few differences. When Rafael was young he was very tough on the court, had a good decision but not off the court. On the court he was very passionately. I think he is a nice person on both sides – on and off the court.
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