Nadal putting retirement talk on hold
Rafael Nadal has acknowledged he is reaching the twilight of his career but is not contemplating retirement just yet.
The Spaniard has endured a difficult start to the year, following up his straight-sets defeat to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open with an early exit from last week's Mexican Open in Acapulco.
Next up for the 17-time Grand Slam winner will be this month's BNP Paribas Open and he will be going for his fourth title at Indian Wells, although he won't be the only big-name draw in the field, as five-time winners Roger Federer and Djokovic are also set to compete.
The trio have dominated the men's game for well over a decade now but are all seemingly entering the latter stages of their careers.
Nadal has acknowledged that fact but hopes he can keep playing and winning for a little longer.
"Things are not eternal, years go on and we are in the final stage of our career. It's a fact," Nadal told sponsor Banco Sabadell.
"I hope it doesn't happen soon. But I am convinced I can be happy without tennis as well."
The world number two has also been quick to praise his two big rivals, admitting all three men have always enjoyed a healthy rivalry.
"I appreciate them for the many experiences we shared," he added. "We had a relationship of full respect on and off the court."
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