RAFAEL NADAL: Well, it happened because I have an uncle, at the same time is my coach, he loves the sport, in general, and especially the tennis. He has big passion for Rod, no?So when I was a kid, he always was talking to me about all Rod did for the game and all the years that he was taking part on a professional part so he couldn't play the Grand Slams and he won the four and then again after coming back to the open. I know a little bit about all the history, so for me is a real honor to be part of this event that have his name, and it's obvious that the sports are bigger when the legends they taking part. So Rod always involved in our sport makes the sport much bigger and more interesting.BILL MACATEE: Obviously you both, all three of you, but you specifically are great champions. As you think about this event and playing as teammates, what will that experience be like potentially? RAFAEL NADAL: Me? Well, I always loved the team spirit, no? And gonna be very special be on the same team with Roger. You know, we have been like rivals for all our career, so be in the same team and even play some doubles together will be something very, very special. I'm very excited about. In the same time, I think we're going to have Bjorn like a captain, so that makes even the experience more and more interesting, no, have somebody that has always been a winner. The same happens with Rod, no? I didn't seen Bjorn just on the videos now, but my uncle told me that when Bjorn was coming on court, everybody thinks that he cannot lose, no? So will be very, very interesting to have him as like captain.BILL MACATEE: Roger, for you, there is nowhere to hide in tennis. It's such an individual sport. But now you have teammates. How do you expect that experience to be?
RAFAEL NADAL: Every one. (Laughter.) Well, I never saw nobody with all the ingredients that Roger have, no? Big serve, big forehand, unbelievable movements, the slice, backhand. It's just ‑‑yeah, it's true, no? And at the same time with unbelievable elegance, no?So I think what Roger did for the game during all these years, and he gonna keep doing for the next couple of years, is something very important for our sport. He helps a lot to the game to step the game to another level of everything in terms of fans, in terms of interest around the world. So just I feel very happy to be part of the same era.BILL MACATEE: Rod, we don't want to leave you out of this, so when you think about where the game has gone from the time you played in your prime, reflected in these two, share with us your thoughts.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, thank you very much. Yeah, the Olympics are only one time every four years. I have been out of London for my knee, so for me was a very important event, no?And especially after what happened with my wrist during Roland Garros and I didn't have the chance to practice almost nothing before the Olympics start, so right there and finally had the chance to win a gold in doubles, especially with one of my best friends like Marc has been very special feeling. Unforgettable moments. The emotions have been very high for me and for him. And I tried hard in singles, no? I was close to get another medal, but I was very happy the way I competed with Rio. In all aspects it was difficult after two months and a half without competing and especially without practicing much.So I was very happy the way that I played. And, you know, when you go to Olympics and finally you win a medal is just the most important thing that you can do, no? So just very happy for that and won medal for my country. BILL MACATEE: I know you're excited about the US Open coming up. Briefly give us the state of your game and your thoughts heading into... RAFAEL NADAL: If you are not excited for the US Open, you are not a tennis player, no? (Laughter.)For sure. I don't know. It's true I didn't play much for the last three months, but at the same time it's true that when I stopped in Roland Garros I was playing great, no?So I hope the good feelings when I had to stop helps to keep playing well here in an event that I know very well, I like a lot, I played some great matches here.So I am, you know, very excited to start the competition. I need few more days of practice here that I really hope are going to help me, and we'll see. BILL MACATEE: Speaking of practice sessions, you're the only one of the five that's actually playing in the US Open starting next week. So you have a practice session and you have to leave us. But before you go, why don't we take this opportunity, because this is an amazing gathering of legends, to do a photograph with the five of you. RAFAEL NADAL: Fantastic.BILL MACATEE: So if you stand right up there. They will guide you.