Gustavo Kuerten, the retired tennis professional, a three-time French Open champion himself, is hopeful of Nadal’s future achievements. He found his (Rafael Nadal) current French open win impressive and called it ‘fantastic’ and ‘beyond impossible.’
“Fantastic, more and more admirable, beyond the impossible,” Gustavo said during live with former tennis player Flávio Saretta.
Rafael Nadal recently won his record 13th French Open title after defeating the world number one Novak Djokovic in the straight sets. He won his 20th grand slam title, equaling Federer for the most Grand slam singles wins in men tennis.
After witnessing Nadal’s performance, the former world number one Gustavo believes that Nadal is not far from his 14th or 15th French open title. He praised the principles that he follows and also his far-sighted game plan.
“It looks like the 14th (title) is coming, and he has a good chance of getting the 15th. Rafael Nadal starts from a basic principle, which is how geniuses do it. He simplifies the process based on: I want, I can, I do. If he plays the Rio Open today, his mind is already thinking about Roland Garros.”, the 44-year-old added.
“A Sensational Match”: Gustavo Kuerten Playing Against Rafael
The Brazilian who had won three French Open titles during his career had to cut short his career. Due to injuries, he could not play consistently and retired at the age of 32, earlier than what he wished to. Kuerten talked about playing against the Spaniard and said it would have been a ‘sensational’ match.
He wanted to have lasted till 2006 to be able to play against the current world number two.“If my body had lasted a few more years, maybe until 2006, it would be a sensational match,” Kuerten said. “I always go to court to do everything. Rafael Nadal is so great that each ball had to be played in its moment, fit for the right occasion.”, said the Brazilian.