Tennis: McEnroe: I’ve never seen anyone like Nadal

Tennis legend John McEnroe has been full of praise for Rafa Nadal after the Spaniard managed to win both the Australian Open and Roland Garros this year at the age of 36.

No player has more Grand Slams than Nadalwith Novak Djokovic reaching the 21 major titles after coming out victorious from Wimbledon a few weeks ago.

“I’ve never seen anyone like [Nadal],” McEnroe told Tennis365.

“I thought Jimmy Connors tried hard until I saw Rafael Nadal, this is insane. And that’s the greatest quality he has, by far.

“I mean, the guy’s an unbelievable player, we all know that. But the fact that he can go out there and give that type of effort, you know, match in and match out, game in and game out, is something that people aspire to, but it’s very difficult to do.

“Otherwise, everyone would do it. I mean, you just say, well go to Nick Kyrgios and say ‘go out and give an effort, you’ll be No.2, No.3 in the world. Well, if it was that easy, I guess he would do it. But you know, for him, it isn’t.”

Back in June, McEnroe discussed the differences in the approaches of Nadal and Djokovicexplaining that the latter has openly confirmed that he wants to be the player with the most Grand Slams in history.

“Well, they are totally opposite approaches,” McEnroe told the BBC then.

Djokovic talks openly about wanting to have the most [Grand Slam singles titles] and Nadal acts like nothing matters except going out and giving an effort every point and every match.

“It seems to have worked pretty well for both of them if you go by the history and how many Grand Slams they have won, so whatever makes you happy and whatever brings out the best in you is probably what you should do.”


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