Rafael Nadal tackles retirement in latest interview after Australian Open

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Rafael Nadal isn’t afraid of the notion of retirement, insisting that he will wholeheartedly embrace the moment when he finally leaves the sport comes.

Nadal had an interview with El Espanol (via Tennis World USA)days after his shocking first round loss to Spanish compatriot Fernando Verdasco. The former world’s no.1 answered several question, including his future plans and the prospect of hanging his racket for good.

Coming off the worst season of his career, Nadal opened his 2016 season on a dismaying note following his early round loss in the first major tournament of the year.

Seeing Nadal bomb out early once again at a Grand Slam event, several tennis pundits are starting to give up on him, believing the Spaniard slam window has come to a close.

Of course, the prospect of retiring bobs out to haunt Nadal, yet the 14-time Grand Slam winner never seems to bother.

“No, not at all. Tennis is a part of my life, it has been a very important part for many years, but I have the luck to have a life that is much more than tennis. I am not scared for what happens next,” according to Nadal.

“I am a person with interests. There are things that motivate me and they go beyond the sport; things that make me happy. I am not afraid of the date of the retirement, it does not deprive me to love what I do. So I will make sure that my retirement will be as late as possible.”

Nadal added that his decision to retire will not depend on his position in the world rankings no matter how low it is, but rather his state of emotion while competing in the sport.

“If I am fifth, tenth or 100th in the World and I am happy, I’ll keep going. If I am World No. 1 and I am not happy, the moment to say goodbye and to do another thing will come. Thanks to God, and because of it I am very lucky, I am able to see why my life is so lucky.”

For now, Nadal cleared that he has no plans to retire in an immediate future, vowing to compete better for the remainder of the season, especially in the upcoming clay-court season.

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