Rafael Nadal is traditionally known as a base-liner, but he’s also got some pretty good one-liners in his arsenal.
The World No.1 was conducting a post-match press conference after advancing to the third round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto on Thursday when he produced exactly that.
Nadal, playing for the first time since a five-set loss to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon semi-finals, topped France’s Benoit Paire 6-2 6-3 in a night match after a series of stoppages due to rain.
The Spaniard was then asked why he wasn’t playing doubles this year like he has done previously at the Rogers Cup.
“You once said that playing doubles before your singles matches is fantastic practice,” a journo asked him.
“What makes you decide whether to play doubles or not?”
Nadal mulled it over before delivering a brilliant one-word answer.
“Age,” he said with a big grin, as a number of journos burst out laughing.
The 32-year-old has battled back from a number of injuries in recent years, so it’s understandable he would lighten his workload in the twilight of his career.
The World No.1 faces Nick Kyrgios’ first-round conqueror Stan Wawrinka after the Swiss came from behind to battle past Marton Fucsovics on Thursday.
Teenager stuns Djokovic in massive boilover
Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas has sent Wimbledon champ Djokovic packing with a stunning 6-3 6-7 (7-5) 6-3 win.
A confident Tsitsipas sent a blistering forehand to the back corner while the ninth-seeded Serbian was heading the other way on his first match point, looking at his box in disbelief.
“It’s a dream of any kid out there in this world, any kid that’s playing tennis, to beat these kinds of players, so I can call it the best moment of my life,” a shocked Tsitsipas said.
“I never expected to beat such a top-ranked player and such a high-respected player like Novak.”
The Greek teen made some crucial errors near the end of the second set that allowed Djokovic, a four-time winner of the tournament, to set up a decider.
However, Tsitsipas did well to break Djokovic for a 2-0 lead in the third set and never looked back.
Tsitsipas will next face second seed Alexander Zverev, who breezed past Daniil Medvedev 6-3 6-2.