Iga Swiatek and Rafa Nadal they have the last name in common: Christmas, in Polish and Catalan, respectively. They have also coincided in key moments of one and the other, in parallel. She surprised at Roland Garros 2020 as the new champion, a day before he reigned for the thirteenth time in Paris equaling the Swiss’s 20 Grand Slam titles Roger Federer.
Iga and Rafa face the defense of their current titles at Roland Garros 2021, going to the French capital with the most recent endorsement of their respective victories in the WTA and Masters 1000 ATP of Rome.
By age, it is the Polish who pays total admiration to the manacorí. He turned 20 on the track, passing the first round defeating the Slovenian Kaja juvan by 6-0 and 7-5. His idol, who debuts this Tuesday against the Australian Alexei Popyrin, hopes to celebrate 35 in the French capital next Thursday, June 3.
Swiatek has just made his debut in the world top-10, from which Nadal has not gotten off since the spring of 2005. One of the tennis player’s dreams was to be able to meet the king of clay without the rush of an event. One of the surprises she received to be the best of Roland Garros 2020, in October, was a surprise conversation with Nadal on ‘streaming’ organized by a Polish media outlet.
Days ago, Iga and Rafa met in person. They worked together on the track. The Polish has explained the details and her feelings of the expected moment.
“It was great. It was not a surprise as I had to prepare for it. I had to write some things, lest there be an awkward silence, ”says Swiatek.
Remember that “I’m quite introverted, but it was fun because Rafa is really great, a very nice guy. It’s good to see that a champion like him shares himself with such normality, telling jokes and being a bit sarcastic. A really nice staff, from whom you learn things ”.
Iga Swiatek wanted to see Rafa Nadal’s famous blows live, that ability to make the ball jump into the sky with devilish effects. “I could feel his forehand, his topspin. It was great, a completely new experience for me that gave me a lot of positive energy ”.
The Polish woman concludes that her meeting with Rafa Nadal was “inspiring”.