After dropping just five games to cruise past Stefano Travaglia 6-1, 6-4, 6-0 at Roland Garros on Friday, Rafael Nadal took a moment to praise his next opponent: #NextGenATP American Sebastian Korda.
The 20-year-old, who named his cat after the 12-time Roland Garros champion, admitted he was ‘praying’ for his idol Nadal to beat Travaglia after becoming the first qualifier to reach the fourth round in Paris since 2011. Nadal’s response to hearing of his next opponent’s admiration was to reflect on his own memories of being in a similar position.
“[Being his idol] means that I have been on the TV for such a long time, that’s the main thing. The same like when I was a kid, I was watching Sampras, Agassi, Carlos Moya,” said Nadal. “Another negative thing is that [means] I am 34. That’s another point that is not beautiful… I know he’s playing great. He’s … Read the rest