‘It looks difficult’: Rafael Nadal admits that it will be a challenge to emulate Roger Federer and play past the age of 40 but 36-year-old states ‘you never know what can happen’
- Rafael Nadal says it will be a challenge to play beyond the age of 40
- Nadal was asked if he could emulate Roger Federer, who retired at the age of 41
- 36-year-old Nadal is preparing to play in the ATP World Tour finals in Turin
Rafael Nadal has admitted that ‘it looks difficult’ to emulate Roger Federer by continuing playing beyond the age of 40.
Federer retired from tennis this year aged 41 and Nadal, 36, isn’t certain what the future holds as far as his own career is concerned.
However, Nadal refused to rule out the possibility of continuing playing for several more years.
Rafael Nadal admits that it will be a challenge for him to play beyond the age of 40
As reported by Sky Sports, Nadal said: ‘I don’t know, I can’t predict the future. It looks difficult honestly but at the same time when I was 28 or 29 it was super difficult to image myself playing at the age of 36 and here we are in a high position of the ranking and being competitive.
‘You never know what can happen, it always depends on different factors that some of them maybe you are able to control and others you don’t have the chance to control. So, let’s see.
Nadal says it will be difficult to emulate Roger Federer, who retired at the age of 41
‘I am super happy to be where I am at the age of 36 and a half and let’s see. I just want to keep going and enjoy the fact that I am playing. Every year that I keep playing, for me it’s a present.’
Nadal has frequently struggled with injuries and underwent surgery on his ankle in 2021.
Despite being in the latter stages of his career, Nadal is currently the second highest ranked male player in the world behind 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz.
Nadal is preparing to take on American Taylor Fritz in the ATP World Tour finals.
Earlier this month Nadal was beaten 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 by Tommy Paul at the Paris Masters.
That was Nadal’s first singles match since the US Open in September after he took time off due to the birth of his first child.
Nadal admitted that he faces a tough task in trying to secure glory at the ATP World Tour finals
Nadal recently admitted that it will be a challenge for him to win the ATP World Tour finals in Turin.
He said: ‘I’m excited about playing, even if it hasn’t been the perfect couple of months for me.
‘It’s true that for the last five months I didn’t spend enough days on the Tour. I don’t even say competing on a tennis court.
‘I say on the Tour. Practicing with the guys. That’s what I need.
‘For me (it’s) difficult to imagine now arriving in the World Tour Finals in enough good shape to win a tournament that I didn’t win during all my tennis career.’