Iga Swiatek Finds Calm In Nadal Perspective | ATP Tour

Two-time Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek is making her way to the top of professional tennis, but says the lessons of her idol Rafael Nadal have helped her keep her staggering success in perspective.

After taking her 35th straight match win and sixth straight title against Coco Gauff in Paris Saturday, the Pole said watching Nadal face success and failure had her own approach to the highs and lows of life on tour. help shape.

“I think the best thing I can learn from him is how cool he is about what’s going on around him,” Swiatek said. “Because sometimes in our heads I think that a lot of players overanalyze everything. We deal with those finals… [that] if we suddenly lose, our life is bad.

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“I feel like all these great champions accept that they can lose. I even remember last year when Rafa lost in the semifinals, I happened to meet him the next day at breakfast at the hotel, and I told him I actually cried all night because he lost.

“He said, ‘Oh, it’s just a tennis match. You win, you lose. It’s normal’. Not everyone can do that and just treat those big moments like a new game.”

Nadal, who is chasing record-extending 14th Roland Garros and 22nd Grand Slam titles against Casper Ruud on Sunday, is full of praise for Swiatek.

“When someone like her wins the tournaments and wins with these results, I mean it’s something special, isn’t it?” said Nadal in his pre-tournament presser at Roland Garros.

“It was probably a big surprise the first time, the one a few years ago when she won here. But the way she’s playing this year seems unstoppable…I’m just happy for her. She’s a very spontaneous and natural girl .. have girls like this, good people like them who have success.”

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