Veteran tennis player David Marrero believes that Rafael Nadal is a special talent for his country and insists that it would be difficult for Spain to find another talent of Nadal’s caliber in the next two to three decades.
“Rafa has done all he could do obviously because of his mind, because of the sacrifice he has made and that he is doing, even if people insist on the fact that he will not be like before. He keeps working more than other periods. And we hope to have another Nadal in Spain,” the 35-year-old Marrero said via BreakPointBR.
“The fact that Rafa is one of the best players in the history gives joy to the tennis world and to us. We know that it will be very difficult for another Nadal to come, but we hope that in 20-30 years it will happen.”
Nadal has not been the same top player he was that has won 14 Grand Slam titles with the Spanish pro collapsing in the latter sets of his recent matches.
At the first Grand Slam tournament of the year in Melbourne, Australia, Nadal fell in the first round of the 2016 Australian Open to compatriot Fernando Verdasco. That was the start of the disappointing 2016 season for Nadal who also failed to win the titles at the 2016 Rio Open and 2016 Argentina Open despite being favored to win and being the top seed in the South American tournaments.
With Nadal fading fast as one of the top players in the men’s singles tour, Spain is looking for another player that can replace Nadal as the face of their country in the sport. However, according to Marrero, it might take a very long time before Spain manages to produce another elite player like Nadal.
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