Rafael Nadal He has always been a great sports fan and by the age of eight he was playing both football and tennis. Two events, in particular, affected his final decision. The Mallorcan, in fact, has listened to his mother’s advice and has followed the suggestions of his uncle Toni Nadal, who after winning a regional under-12 tournament pushed his nephew to intensify his training on the tennis court and focus on one discipline.
Nadal: «That’s why I chose tennis and not football»
Questioned by the many fans who had the opportunity to ask their favorites some questions through the US Open social networks, Nadal revealed a particular background.
“My mom told me that I couldn’t keep playing soccer, tennis and going to school at the same time. She said: pick two, and the school must be one of them.» Nadal, after losing his Masters 1000 debut in Cincinnati to Borna Coric, trained hard for two weeks aiming to be in the best possible condition at Flushing Meadows. .
The Spanish champion will face Rinky Hijikata in the first round and, in case of victory, he would find himself in the second between Fabio Fognini and Aslan Karatsev. The first seed present in Nadal’s path bears the name and surname of Miomir Kecmanovic; while in the round of 16 he should meet Diego Schwartzman or Frances Tiafoe.
The main players who reached the quarter-finals on the same portion of the board as the Spaniard are Andrey Rublev, Denis Shapovalov and Cameron Norrie. All Spanish tennis fans dream of witnessing a fantastic semi-final derby.
In fact, Carlos Alcaraz was drawn, along with Nadal, at the bottom of the main draw and dreams of raising the first Grand Salm tournament of his career to the sky. The young Spanish talent, for his part, could give life to the third challenge of the year against Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals.
The South Tyrolean has won the last two direct confrontations: the first in the round of 16 at Wimbledon; the second in the Umag final.