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“I want to win more Slams” Rafael Nadal Shares his Long Term Vision on Tennis Career Before Retirement

Rafael Nadal showcases his skills and moves during a video posted on Instagram ahead of the Monte Carlo Tournament at Monaco

Sitting at the top of the pile alongside Roger Federer, with 20 Grand Slam, Rafael Nadal is already in the tennis history books. Still at the top for the best part of two decades, the Spaniard is not ready to call it a day yet, as he looks to challenge for important titles for the next couple of years.

Currently No.3 in the rankings, he has not dropped out of the world’s top-10 since April 2005. With his 35th birthday on the horizon, like all athletes in their mid-30s, it’s hard to look too far ahead. But how many more years does Nadal have left in him?

Sitting down with sports reporter George Bellshaw, Nadal chuckled “I mean, I don’t think that’s… you can’t predict what’s going on in the future. Of course, I will not be playing until the age of 45, no? I am always trying to do things as best as possible to play as long as possible.”

He further added, “As everybody knows, of course it’s going to arrive one day that you cannot keep going. For the moment, I’m happy what I’m doing. I’m enjoying it and I hope to have the chance to keep around the tournaments for the next couple of years.”

15 years at the top but how many more years does Rafael Nadal have left?

Rafael Nadal of Spain in action during his quarterfinal match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during day five of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters on April 18, 2021. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal of Spain in action during his quarterfinal match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during day five of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters on April 18, 2021. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

The question that has always been associated with Rafael Nadal is “How many more years can his body hold on?”. Nadal has suffered long-term injuries and missed multiple slams throughout his career. As he grows older and with the next-gen knocking on the door, Nadal has his work cut out. Not to forget, his arch-rival Novak Djokovic, who is a year younger and chasing history as well, Nadal will be wary of the growing competition.

As we enter the clay-court season, undoubtedly the most important season of Nadal’s career, he will be looking for a 14th French Open title. He may still have another couple of slams left for him. Tennis has never seen a warrior like Rafael Nadal before. If anyone can prove the critics wrong, it is the man from Mallorca.

 

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