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Rafael Nadal receives Grand Cross of the Order of the Second of May

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On Thursday, the 20-time Major champion Rafael Nadal received the Grand Cross of the Order of the Second of May from Madrid’s Regional President, Isabel Ayuso. one among the foremost decorated Spanish athletes of all time accepted the respect during a ceremony held at the important Casa de Correos in Madrid.

The Grand Cross of the Order of the Second of May is that the award reserved for exceptional individuals or institutions who have helped their country in several areas. Nadal has deserved the respect following an unprecedented desire to compete at his best in every match and carry the Spanish flag worldwide.

For the 14th time within the last 16 years, Nadal secured a minimum of one Major trophy, standing in particular at his beloved Roland Garros. It wasn’t a simple task to realize in plagued and reduced 2020, especially after the Australian Open quarter-final loss and closed gates at Wimbledon.

Still, the Spaniard found his A-game when he needed it the foremost , saving the season and entering the record books again at 34. Rafa lost the ATP throne following losses to Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem at the ATP Cup and therefore the Australian Open, bouncing back in Acapulco in February with the 85th ATP title in his collection.

Rafa spent subsequent six months at his paradise island of Mallorca during the coronavirus pandemic, enjoying time together with his family and friends and not hitting the practice court for 2 months. Nadal picked the racquet again in May, making a slow return and seeking motivation and desire to urge back at 100% after such an extended break from tennis.

Rafael Nadal received the Grand Cross of the Order of the Second of May.
With 2000 points for the last year’s US Open title safely in his bag, Nadal skipped the season restart in ny and continued to coach on clay, entering the primary official event after six and a half months at the Masters 1000 event in Rome.

The Spaniard did not defend the title, losing within the quarter-final to Diego Schwartzman and returning to the practice court before Roland Garros. The Parisian tournament was the last chance for Rafa to secure a serious trophy in 2020, facing unusual conditions like never before within the Paris and hoping to seek out his best tennis after playing only three matches since March!

Despite cold and rainy weather, the new Wilson balls and a roof above Court Philippe-Chatrier, Nadal showed his greatness again, securing the 13th Roland Garros crown without losing a group and matching Roger Federer’s record of 20 Major titles.

In the final, Nadal defeated world no. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5, playing on a high level from start to end in one among the foremost important matches of the century. By the top of the season, Rafa returned to Paris for the Masters 1000 event, suffering the semi-final loss to Alexander Zverev and reaching an equivalent round at the ATP Finals.

Nadal served for the victory against Daniil Medvedev in London, only to suffer a 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 defeat and finish the season. Rafa will start preparations soon, hoping to shape his game within the next 40 days before heading to Melbourne for the primary Major of the new season.

In the final, Nadal defeated world no. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5, playing on a high level from start to end in one among the foremost important matches of the century. By the top of the season, Rafa returned to Paris for the Masters 1000 event, suffering the semi-final loss to Alexander Zverev and reaching an equivalent round at the ATP Finals.

Nadal served for the victory against Daniil Medvedev in London, only to suffer a 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 defeat and finish the season. Rafa will start preparations soon, hoping to shape his game within the next 40 days before heading to Melbourne for the primary Major of the new season.

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‘Rafael Nadal literally thrashed Novak Djokovic’, says former No. 2

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How can you identify the greatest tennis player in the world? What are the parameters to take into consideration? All questions to which there is no real answer. The debate on the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) will probably never end and indeed with the recent victory at Roland Garros of the Spanish champion Rafael Nadal will become even richer.

The Majorcan has now joined Roger Federer at 20 Grand Slam titles while Novak Djokovic chases at 17. Recently, the strong Canadian tennis player Milos Raonic also spoke on the matter and he too declared that the debate on the GOAT will never end.

In conclusion it can be said that there are several additional factors to consider in the debate, beyond the Grand Slam count. Novak Djokovic was ‘literally thrashed’ by Rafael Nadal in the French Open final, says Alex Corretja.

Corretja on the French Open final

“Rafael Nadal literally thrashed Novak Djokovic,” Alex Corretja told sport.es. “And it should be remembered that the Serbian is the current number one in the world and that he has 17 Grand Slams to his credit.

“He defeated him at the most important moment and under the most adverse conditions”. Corretja also stressed just how big Nadal is in Spain, claiming no other Spanish athlete can match his popularity. “Without a doubt, he is the Spanish athlete with the largest number of followers in our country and the audiences support him.

The final had more than three and a half million viewers hooked on television to see Rafa’s new feat”. Rafael Nadal is respected and thought about a lot around the world. And for budding tennis players in Spain, Rafa is their inspiration.

Rafa’s academy in Mallorca, Spain is bringing up top talent into the tennis court. In his career or life, Rafa follows simple formulas to be who he is. The Rafa Nadal Museum Xperience is Rafa Nadal’s first and only trophy exhibition in which, in addition to collecting his 20 Grand Slam titles, highlights of his sporting career are collected from when he started playing tennis until today.

The tour is done through his trophies, but also through the shirts and shoes that Rafa won each of the Grand Slam finals in and played with throughout his career. In addition to knowing firsthand the results of one of the best tennis players in history, in the exhibition area visitors will be able to see the objects donated by some of the main figures in the history of world sport such as Michael Jordan, Fernando Alonso, Pau Gasol, Roger Federer, Mireia Belmonte, Usain Bolt, Serena Williams, Cristiano Ronaldo and many others.

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Rafael Nadal: “Better that a sportsman does not deal with politics”

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The controversy arising from the words of the Swedish AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic about LeBron James has caused a sensation in recent days. The experienced AC Milan player praised the qualities of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball player, but at the same time he stressed that as a basketball champion he only had to take care of that and not argue for political issues and that in any case they did not concern him.

LeBron James responded harshly in the conference, but during an interview with Veja the Spanish champion Rafael Nadal, although in different contexts and not dealing with this, wanted to talk about this issue. Here are his words: “Why don’t I want to talk about politics? I am aware of the political situation and I talk about it a lot with my friends and with my team members, I am informed and have my own opinion like any other citizen.

However, I know that if I start talking about politics, everything I say will be taken from a certain context and would make me uncomfortable. For this reason I avoid talking about it, even if I think I have every right in the world to express my opinion.”

Rafael Nadal on his career and on Djokovic
The Spanish champion also stated: “COVID-19 struck me a lot, especially during the quarantine. I couldn’t and didn’t want to train, I didn’t want to do anything.
When we managed to get some situations I resumed training albeit with less intensity, always trying to avoid injuries.

It was a slow process that took place step by step. I changed my routine and the virus undoubtedly hit me. Training without knowing what the next tournament was going to be was tough, we didn’t have any goals. However, playing without an audience was really sad, but I think I adapted to the new situation at Roland Garros.”

On the behavior of Novak Djokovic during the pandemic Rafa declared: “I prefer to talk about how I have lived the last few months instead of judging what others are doing. It was very difficult to observe what was happening and especially about what was happening around me.

We live in a very strict quarantine with thousands of deaths, I remember that between April and June there were over 50 thousand deaths in Spain. I didn’t have the strength to do anything given the situation and I think that given the problems of so many countries it is impossible to relax.”

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Serena Williams looking hot and smart with her daughter Olympia for Stuart Weitzman. VIDEO

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Serena Williams loves spending time and posing with her lovely daughter Olympia. The world no.7 is partnering with Stuart Weitzman, helping to promote the Spring 2021 collection. Serena appeared in a photoshoot and really nice and cute video with Olympia or… the “mini-Serena.”

Serena and her daughter Olympia are inseparable. As per Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, they have never spent even 1 day apart and the former world no.1 travels around the world to play her tournaments only if Olympia can travel with her.

 

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