“For me it's difficult to explain because it becomes a little bit natural. Yes, is true that in my career, I achieved much more than what I ever dreamed. But on the other hand, it's true that I went through tough moments, a lot of times in terms of injuries,” explained the Spaniard, having spent several months on the sidelines earlier in 2018 prior to his exemplary clay-court campaign.
“So I arrived so-so, with some doubts with this clay-court season. Personally for me is amazing. I'm very emotional, coming back from this almost five months without playing a full tournament since Shanghai last year,” added the world No.1, completing his clay season with an astonishing 26-1 record. “So coming back and having the chance to win in Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, Rome, and now especially here it's very emotional for me.”
Nadal is eager to enjoy his latest record-breaking triumph on his cherished Court Philippe-Chatrier, but fired a signal of intent to the rest of the chasing pack - he's not going anywhere.
“For me if you tell me seven, eight years ago that I will be here, 32-years-old having this trophy with me again, I will tell you that is something almost impossible, but here we are,” he said. “I am enjoying the moment. I have a lot of other things that makes me happy, and so I am not much worried about the future, no? I gonna keep playing until my body resists, and my happiness still high playing tennis. When that changes, it will be time to do another thing.”