While Rafael Nadal will soon defend the title won last year at the Australian Open, John McEnroe did not hide his admiration for the Spaniard.
John McEnroe is blown away by Rafael Nadal. Channel Consultant Eurosport, the charismatic former American player recently shared his thoughts on the “Bull of Manacor” who, at 36, is preparing to defend the title won last year at the expense of Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open . ” The greatest quality an athlete can have is hunger. No matter how successful you are, you have to be willing to put in the effort and work to give yourself a chance, and Rafael Nadal does it better than anyone, said John McEnroe. He keeps both his humility and his arrogance, which is not always easy to manage, and he manages it very well. He manages to make every game feel like he has to respect his opponent and he has to give 100%. The winner of seven Grand Slam titles added that “very few players can do that”, assuring that “that’s why he won so much”.
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McEnroe: “The greatest example of all time”
If he started his 2023 season with two defeats in two games in the United Cup, against Cameron Norrie then Alex de Minaur, Rafael Nadal will be there in Melbourne according to John McEnroe. ” With him you believe he will do anything and everything to come back and give himself that chance, and there are very few players you can say that about, that’s why there’s so much respect for Rafa “, he assured. Adding to see in the Majorcan a player who has never known the happiness of winning a Grand Slam, “Big Mac” remains admiring of his state of mind. ” Seems like every point he plays is the last he’ll play, he added. I try to teach this to my children at my academy every day: if you go out and do this good things will happen, and he is the greatest example ever. No doubt many players will agree with John McEnroe.