“I never expected to achieve even half of what I am achieving,” says Rafael Nadal as he looks back on his extraordinary career until now

Rafael Nadal, 20 time Grandslam champion has revealed that back when he was just 16 years old, he never imagined to achieve even half the things he is achieving now.

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Rafael Nadal, the 20 time Grandslam champion, featured as the cover star for the Celebrity Magazine. The magazine consisted of an exclusive interview with Rafael Nadal, that was hosted by Laura Stadler. The title of the interview read Rafael Nadal, Boy and Man. Laura Stadler had interviewed Rafael Nadal at the age of just 16 after the Wimbledon Junior Singles semifinals, which has inspired this title.

Stadler started the interview reminding Rafael Nadal that she had taken her interview when he was just 16 years old. She asked Nadal if he ever thought he would achieve so much success back when he was just 16, and breaking innumerable records at the age of 34. Rafael Nadal responded that he never imagined he could achieve what he has done in the past few years back then and his aim was to win a Wimbledon title, which he did in 2008.

At that age (16), I only wanted to be a professional tennis player and win one tournament someday. My dream was to Wimbledon and I managed to do that in 2008,” said Nadal.

I have to say that I am very thankful to life: Nadal

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Nadal says that he is very thankful to life

Rafael Nadal stated that since his first interview with Laura Stadler back in 2002 after the Wimbledon Junior Singles semifinals, he has achieved a lot of success and he is thankful to life. “I have to say that I am thankful to life, I never expected to achieve even half of what I am achieving,” added Nadal.

Rafael Nadal has always dreamt of winning a Wimbledon title which he did it for the first time in 2008, defeating his greatest rival, Roger Federer in the final. The 2008 Wimbledon final is dubbed by many as one of the greatest finals of all time, being a five-set thrilling affair. The Spaniard won his first Grandslam except the French Open after defeating Federer in the final at Wimbledon. He would later go on to win another Wimbledon title in 2010.

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