Rafael Nadal: 'This Is A Matter That Mainly Concerns The Media'

‘This is a matter that mainly concerns the media’

Rafael Nadal says he feels at home in Mexico giving credit to the Mexican public for always being on his side. On Thursday, Nadal defeated Casper Ruud 7-6 6-4 at the Plaza de Toros de México. With that victory, Nadal concluded his tour of Latin America.

In recent days, Nadal has played tennis throughout Latin America making stops in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador. “When I’m in Mexico I don’t feel strange, I don’t feel like a foreigner, in the end when you’re in a country where we speak the same language and there are more things that unite us, when I arrive here I feel at home.

The reception of the people that I feel is spectacular. It is a country where people know how to have fun, a happy country. And well, in all the places I have been in the country in Cozumel, Tulum, Playa Mujeres and Acapulco, I have always been happy, I have always taken good memories of the places, but also of the people, of the food. everything, and that always encourages me to come back,» said Nadal.

Nadal, 36, is no stranger to Mexico, having played in Acapulco several times. In 2005, Nadal made his Acapulco debut in impressive fashion by defeating Albert Montañés in the final. Eight years later, Nadal returned to Acapulco and won the title again after beating David Ferrer in the final.

Nadal did not win Acapulco in 2017 and 2019, but he did win the tournament titles in 2020 and 2022. Whenever Nadal plays in Mexico, he is the favorite at home and the Mexican public shows his full support. That was also the case on Thursday, when Nadal faced Ruud.

Meanwhile, Nadal is now heading home, where he will presumably get some rest before starting his preparations for the 2023 season.

Nadal wants to continue shining

From Mexico, where he ended his tour of friendly matches in the American continent with a victory over Casper Ruud, Rafael Nadal gave his opinion on the famous GOAT debate, in which he usually opposes his great rivals, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. .

“For me personally, it’s something that I don’t lose sleep over because I think the three of us have surpassed everything we could have imagined achieving. With our results, we have taken the sport to a higher level and the debate on the identity of the champion is more a matter of media”, said the man with 22 Grand Slam titles in statements collected by Eurosport Spain.

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