'I hope they never retire'
Another Spaniard, world No.5 Paula Badosa, was so inspired by Nadal’s historic achievement in the face of so much adversity, that she vowed to her coach Jorge Garcia never to complain on court again.
“I was shocked. I'm still shocked. It's like unbelievable,” said the 24-year-old Badosa.
“Not even unbelievable that he won from two sets down, because only Rafa can do that. But against who he did it, you know? He's doing it against the world No.2.
“I have no words really. He's been an inspiration for me. He's my idol. Seeing him do this, look, I'm getting emotional,” she added, pointing to the goose bumps on her leg.
“It's amazing for our country and for the sports world. Not even for that, but, I mean, for life.
“After that I said to my coach, I'm not going to complain about anything, I'm not going to say I'm tired anymore.
“It's amazing. I hope they never retire. I know that's saying a crazy thing. But that would be perfect. Even Rafa, (Roger) Federer or Novak (Djokovic), they're amazing really.”