Here's what Rafael Nadal said on possibly playing until 38
Rafael Nadal created history by winning his 19th Grand Slam title, as he won the 2019 US Open on Sunday. He has also won the most Grand Slams (five) at the age of more than 30, than any other player to date. While 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer continues to play at the age of 38, here's what Nadal said on his possibility.
Nadal not thinking about playing until 38 for now
On being asked about his possibility of playing until 38, Nadal firmly said that he was not thinking so far right now. He asserted that fact that he wants to focus on shorter terms, as life cannot be predicted the same way as it is now. "This world and this life changes like this. You need to be prepared to accept everything," said Rafa.
"I need to adapt my game to my problems"
"Today is the day to enjoy. I did this during all my career. If not, I will not be able to be where I am today, with all the injuries that I had, no? I need to adapt my game to my problems," added Rafa.
Nadal keeps adding to his inventory
Nadal revealed that the main thing that he has been doing all his career is to keep improving in order to not succumb to the things that he's lost. "When you lose things, you need to add other things to keep being competitive," continued Nadal.
Nadal feels good to be getting old
In an emotional state, following the win, Nadal said that while he was getting old, he was being happy about it, that despite all that he has gone through, he is still there, making the moment even special. "I went through some tough moments, physically especially. When you have physical issues, then mentally things became much more difficult, no?" Nadal further opined.
"The emotions have been there watching all the success"
"The emotions have been there watching all the success, all the moments that came to my mind in that moment. Yeah, I tried to hold the emotion, but some moments was impossible," concluded Nadal.
Nadal credits Medvedev for fighting spirit, thanks fans for support
Nadal also credited his opponent Daniil Medvedev for his fighting spirit and wished him luck. He also stated that that the victory means a lot to him and it was a match he would not forget. "There were very high emotions out there, and as always I want to say thank you very much for all your support," he said in an Instagram video.