Nadal not ready to bow out
Veteran Rafael Nadal insists that he is not yet thinking about retiring from tennis and that he is not afraid of life after his playing career comes to an end.
Clay dominance unrivalled
Nadal is considered one of the greatest players of all-time, having won 20 Grand Slam titles - a record he shares with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic,
A key element of his career has been his dominance in the French Open in particular, with the Spaniard winning the clay major on 13 occasions - more than any other player.
I will retire when I don't feel fresh physically and mentally.Rafael Nadal
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However, 2021 has been a difficult year for the 35-year-old, who crashed out at the quarter-final stage of the Australian Open, lost in the French Open semi-finals and ultimately called time on the season back in August.
Nadal is currently recovering from a persistent foot injury and, as a result, he has dropped to fifth in the world ATP rankings.
The men's scene has been dominated by Djokovic this year with the Serb winning three of the four Grand Slams and making the final of the other.
This year's US Open champion Medvedev also looks to have a bright future and the old guard of Federer and Nadal are finding titles increasingly hard to come by.
Nadal success on the wane
Excluding the French Open, Nadal has managed only one Grand Slam title win in the last four years and his career could be drawing closer to a conclusion.
However, he insists that is not on his mind and he is simply pleased to have enjoyed such a long and successful career.
Speaking to Number Web, Nadal said: "I try not to think about my age as much as possible - I will retire when I don't feel fresh physically and mentally.
"I also realise now how much I love tennis and I have a real privilege to play for such a long time. But the truth is I am not at all afraid of life without tennis."