Former US Open finalist Greg Rusedski hailed Rafael Nadal’s dominance in tennis, saying he reminded him of the greats of sports. 

Nadal made history at the Australian Open when he beat Daniil Medvedev in a hotly-contested final to win his 21st Grand Slam. With the win, he jumped Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time standings, becoming the most successful tennis player to have ever played.

Fans were ecstatic regarding his win, especially the nature of the win. Having found himself two sets down, he rallied back and took the next three to win the match and the trophy.

Rusedski hailed Nadal’s dominance in tennis, saying he was one of the best athletes in the world. 

In a recent interview with the Telegraph as quoted by Tennis World USA, Rusedkski said, “I still clearly remember the first time I saw Rafael Nadal play.

“I was playing an exhibition in Mallorca. He was 15, he was training on clay, and it was scary. You imagine it was like seeing Cristiano Ronaldo or George Best play football for the first time.”

'Rafael Nadal was just better at everything', says former ATP ace
Nadal (pictured) is one of the stalwarts in tennis. Source: tennisworldusa.org

Absolute animal

“I was just, ‘Oh my god, I don’t want to play against this kid,’” Rusedski wrote.

“I had never seen anything like it. He already had this extraordinary forehand, which allowed him to keep his opponent on a leash, with a breathtaking level of intensity.

“I then had the chance to train with Rafa a few years later when he was 19. I left the circuit, he entered it. I always felt like I was half a step away from the ball… was constantly out of reach. 

“If I couldn’t finish the point quickly and he could overpower me, might as well shake hands. He was just better at everything,” he concluded. 

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