Rafael Nadal, who has ruled the clay courts in his career and popularly known as the “King of Clay” does not feel old and is ready to challenge the elite players in the 2016 French Open days before the second Grand Slam tournament of the season started.
“No, I’m not feeling old. Is true that I had a lot of years here on the tour, but in terms of mentality and in terms of life I feel young. That’s it.” Nadal said via the tournament’s official website.
“You know, nobody can stop time. That’s not a good thing, but at the same time, I am happy with my life. I enjoyed all these years on the tour, and I hope to keep enjoying the next couple of years.”
Rafael Nadal also spoke about his chances in winning the 2016 French Open and the veteran Spanish pro is positive that if he plays well he lift the Roland Garros trophy for the 10th time in his career.
“It’s always a special feeling when you’re able to come back to such a beautiful and important place. But especially for me, because it’s the most important place in my career without a doubt. If I am playing well, I know I can do good things,” Nadal, who won the French Open from 2005 to 2008, 2010 to 2014, added about his chances.
World No. 1 and top seed Djokovic remains the top favorite in the 2016 French Open and is in the same side of the draw with the fourth seeded Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard opens his Roland Garros campaign on Tuesday against Australian Sam Groth in the first round.
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