Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has said Pau Gasol’s retirement from basketball was a “very sad day” for Spanish sport. Gasol, 41, has decided to put an end to his brilliant career. During his career, Gasol won two NBA titles, was selected for the All-Star Game six times and in 2002 he was named Rookie of the Year.
“Today is, without a doubt, a very sad day for Spanish sport, one of the great legends of our sport is leaving. He was able to finish as he wanted, yes: to fight for the titles” said Nadal, by Punto de Break.
Nadal congratulated by Casper Ruud
Ruud, who has five tour-leading titles in 2021, said you can learn from Nadal just by looking at him from the outside.
“Rafa forces you to kick the ball higher than any other player. He has so much experience that you can learn a lot from him just by looking at him from the outside. His approach during training is just extraordinary. Novak Djokovic is also very kind and professional.
Nole hits the ball cleaner than the Spaniard. He doesn’t impose too high a pace in training, but we’re still talking about an absolute champion, ”Ruusuvuori said, according to We Love Tennis. Four of Ruud’s five titles in 2021 have come on clay and he doesn’t mind being called a clay player.
“I think winning these three tournaments in a row was something special and something that boosted your confidence and confidence, certainly,” Ruud told the ATP Tour. “I don’t mind being a clay court player.
[Rafael] Nadal is the perfect example. “It is possible for heavy topspin players to play well on [all] surfaces and [Nadal] is the type of player that I have admired for many years and will try to learn during this transition from clay to hard. ”