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Nadal still has the fight to be a big-match winner

29th July 2019, 15:02 by Craig Smithson

Rafael Nadal has ruled out retirement from tennis in the near future because he still has the "fire and passion" to keep fighting.

The 33-year-old current world number two now sits just two Grand Slam wins behind Roger Federer on 20 thanks to his 12th title success at the French Open last month.

Nadal has dominated on the clay courts throughout his career, but his success away from that surface has been on the wane in recent years with his last major success away from the French Open coming at the 2017 US Open.

Rival Federer has attempted to focus on his favoured tournaments by missing the French Open in 2017 and 2018 before making a return to Roland Garros this year.

There had been talk Nadal could emulate the Swiss veteran and skip the US Open, which gets underway on August 26, but the Spaniard is adamant that he still has the urge to try and win every Grand Slam event.

Nadal told SN: "If my body says I can no longer make it and I am not able to play big matches again, then it's a sign to stop. The fire and passion for sports in general and for tennis, in particular, are still inside me.

"That makes me keep playing and inspires me to keep fighting."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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