“He Was Like A Kid”: Gilles Simon Showers Praise On Rafael Nadal For His Humble Character


Rafael Nadal

Gilles Simon, the French tennis player, had all praise for Spaniard Rafael Nadal. Additionally, Simon is also the author of the book Gilles Simon- “This Sport Which Makes Mad”.

The 35-years old had all appreciation for Nadal, who recently won his 13th Grand Slam at the red dirt. Besides, this was also Nadal’s 20th major title of the career. 

Gilles talked about Nadal and said, “Do not tell me that Rafael Nadal is humble. Because he said in a press conference that he is not favourite in the first round of Roland-Garros.”

Rafael Nadal

Additionally, Gilles Simon also said that the humility and humbleness of the Spaniard could easily be seen on the court. Moreover, talking about this, Simon gave the example of Nadal’s match with the German Alexander Zverev. Additionally, Nadal defeated Zverev by 6-7, 6-0, 7-5 in the three sets in California.

Nadal’s Humility Is In His Ability To Start From Scratch

Simon added, “This is humility.” Moreover saying that being in the present is essential and shows humbleness, and one can find that in the 34-years old Rafael Nadal, who is arguably one of the best players in the history of the game.

Besides, many might say that he is the best. Simon said that humility is not caring about records and just being at the present moment. He noted that Nadal knows how to do this.

Rafael Nadal

Simon, talking about Nadal’s performance in the Indian Wells in California, said, “How many times have we seen Nadal reach the semi-finals here?” Simon added, “Well, it has not happened to him ten times…well he didn’t care. He was like a kid.”

Henceforth, Simon said that this is the humility level of Rafa. And He said that Nadal is humble enough to play from scratch. And that is enough to show how humble the Spaniard is. Simon added that the humbleness of Nadal is not what he says after or before the match, but in what he does during it.

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