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“I don’t understand very well why he said that, It is completely unnecessary. It is out of what a tennis match should be. Age is not an excuse. It’s just about respect. He was wrong."
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"Losing matches, that’s part of my career, too,” Nadal said, adding that losing was something, “I have to accept now”.
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"The passion is there"
"Losing matches, that's part of my career, too," Nadal said, adding that losing was something "I have to accept now".
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"I have (had) an amazing career with the team that I have today, the same team from the beginning,"
"So my feeling is if something's not working well it's not because of your team, it's because of myself. The one thing I have to change is myself."
Savannah and Rafael Nadal face off on tennis court
After missing last year due to an injury, Rafael Nadal returns to the U.S. Open next week. TODAY's Savannah Guthrie caught up with the tennis superstar, teased him about his underwear ads, and even dared to volley with him on the court. But when she asked him to unleash his full-power serve, it was time to duck and cover!
Rafael Nadal is sitting in a room at the Standard High Line in NYC. The tennis star is here to talk about the new NikeCourt collection, which debuts this week. To celebrate the line, Nike will stage a re-imagining of its iconic Spike Jonze-directed "Guerrilla Tennis" commercial, in which the classic rivalry between Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras was famously played out on a busy Manhattan street.
The need for a narrative has conferred on Nadal and Roger Federer the 21st-century version of that Agassi-Sampras rivalry. At the Standard, I show up with Polaroid camera and ask him what he thinks of the comparisons: "Oh, yeah, no, I think different eras, different stories. Both, I think, are interesting," he says simply.
With the U.S. Open starting this week, and without a major title win this season (his first time in six years), there's been talk of replacing his coaching team after a spate of unexpected losses. Today though, Nadal's mind is very much in the room as we move from his legacy to his morning routine: "I have a shower, some breakfast, and normally I go to the court to practice," he tells me.
Nadal isn't unaware of his status as an icon. The brash style he showcases on the court—his capri-length shorts and sleeveless tops, with long hair held back by his signature Nike headband—has inspired almost as much talk as his swing. Reflecting on his decision to ditch the capris, Nadal says, "I had been using those long shorts from 2005 until 2008. It was, you know, something different and I enjoyed it, but at that point I felt like it was the moment for a change. I felt that I was not a kid anymore."
At 29, the decision to adjust the length of your shorts might look like growing up. Or maybe it's the need to prove you've still got it, that your talent is still the talent you became known for. Either way, next week we'll be watching to see how Nadal performs. Win or lose, he'll walk off that court in Queens and, if we're lucky, deliver that smile.