A player who has edged out countless opponents with his superior fitness over the years, Rafael Nadal continues to put in the hard work behind the scenes.
The Spaniard might be edging towards his 35th birthday, but the veteran is showing no signs of slowing down as he bids for further titles.
Fitness Key to Nadal Success
Nadal is not only one of the fittest players on the ATP circuit but also holds his own as one of the most athletic high-profile sportsmen in the world. Including the obvious practice of his tennis game, during the off-season, Nadal has been known to train six days a week, for over six hours each day.
The work off the court is one of the main reasons why the 20-time Grand Slam champion remains one of the best in the business. Nadal is still pushing for more major success and is Evens with bet365 in the tennis betting to win the French Open this year. With 13 titles in the Grand Slam event in Paris already to his name, the ‘King of Clay’ looks to be the man to beat once again this season.
Training More Important Than Ever
With Nadal edging towards the end of his glittering playing career, the ultimate goal for the Mallorcan will be to finish ahead of rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the Grand Slam standings. Nadal is currently level with Swiss star Federer on 20 titles, with Serbia’s Djokovic just two behind the frontrunners.
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While Nadal, like all players, has had his injury issues over the years, his training has been able to help him recover quicker than most. With a busy schedule before the French Open, recovery will be key, especially for a man well into the latter stage of his career. Nadal’s nutrition and training will be carefully monitored, in a bid to get him in the best physical and mental condition before the three remaining major events of the year.
Nadal Working Hard Ahead of Roland Garros
According to Nadal’s doctor, Angel Ruiz Cotorro, the experienced campaigner is in good shape ahead of the next Grand Slam of 2021 in Paris. Nadal suffered a quarter-final defeat at the hands of Greek’s rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas at the first major event of the year in the Australian Open.
A back injury has hampered Nadal at the start of the year, and he was forced to pull out of ATP events in both Rotterdam and Miami. However, Cotorro claims his client is now “training hard” with a title victory at Roland Garros “the final goal”.
It’s clear Nadal’s dedication to fitness has been one of the key reasons for his success over the years. The Spaniard’s dedication to his mental and physical wellbeing has allowed him to enjoy the longevity he has, while there could well be more Grand Slam success before he hangs up his headband.