Nadal not looking to retire

03 March 2021 21:29:08 GMTPlus10

Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal says he is not even thinking about when to call time on his trophy-laden tennis career.

The 34-year-old Spanish left-hander has overcome a number of serious injury problems in recent years, most notably suffering issues with his knees.

As long as I am healthy and able to compete, I intend to enjoy my life in tennis.

Rafael Nadal

However, Nadal insists that he currently has not thought too far ahead in his planning, as he is currently enjoying his tennis and is focused on maintaining that level of satisfaction.

He told Brazilian magazine Veja: "I do not have an idea (about retirement). As long as I am healthy and able to compete, I intend to enjoy my life in tennis and always give 100 per cent. That's how I see it.

"Obviously, I have had to change, adapt and improve my skills. In tennis there is always room for improvement.

"Over the years, more wisdom and experience come, but at the same time the physical side is different, which means that we have to rethink the intensity of training and matches.

"I've seen it happen over and over again in tennis. Ultimately, the important thing is to stay healthy for as long as possible."

Nadal has won an incredible 13 French Open titles to date and will be hunting yet another triumph when the claycourt showpiece starts in mid-May, having won the last four Grand Slams held in Paris.

Last year he powered to glory without dropping a set, including demolishing Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 7-5 in the final.

Nadal can be backed at 1.83 to win the French Open again this year, with Djokovic priced at 4.00 and 2018 and 2019 runner-up Dominic Thiem 6.00.

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