Nadal admits his surprised his still playing- says he thought he would be retired by now

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 10, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates with ball boys, ball girls and the trophy after winning the final against Austria's Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

MADRID-  At the age of 32, with 17 Grand Slam titles Rafael Nadal admitted he thought he would of been retired by now after celebrating his 11th French Open title on Sunday.

Nadal told Spanish sports newspaper Marca, “At this age I thought I’d be retired and be having a family.”

Nadal retained the World Number one ranking after retaining the French Open and said he is surprised that he and his rival Roger Federer are still playing the sport at this age.

Nadal faced a younger opponent that of Dominic Thiem who is 25 years old, who this was his first Grand Slam Final, Nadal was a teenager when he reached his first Grand Slam final.  The last six major slams have either be won by Federer or Nadal.

He said, “It’s surprising because in 2017 I had gone for two years without winning a Grand Slam and I think he’d been without one since 2012, too,” added Nadal.

“Of course it’s a surprise because we’re getting on a bit and when you’ve been such a long time without winning you don’t know if you’ll ever do so again.”

Obviously I’d like to have 20 titles like him – or more – but that’s not in my head right now, and 17 is an incredible number. I want to enjoy the moment.

“I can’t be thinking about the next win, that’d drive me crazy. You can’t drive yourself crazy if someone has more titles.”

Photo Credit- The Indian Express

 

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