In the world of tennis, there are many names that stand out, two of which are Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
They are two of the hardest working players in the history of the game, and their natural talent is unparalleled.
Federer out of the gate was a dominant force in the game, and Djokovic is one of the few that has been able to challenge him.
Another great is Rafael Nadal, who seeks to overhaul his great rival Federer’s tally of 20 Grand Slam titles, albeit without his mentor, coach and uncle Toni Nadal.
While his nephew acknowledges the benefits of familial support, Nadal also believes innate ability has plenty to do with it.
Nadal on Federer and Djokovic
“There is a problem with [parents who want their children to turn pro],” Nadal told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.
“Parents shouldn’t put too much pressure on kids to become professional athletes.
“For example, Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic worked a lot to achieve what they did, but you have to consider that they had a special talent.
“To be a super player, you need to have something inborn.”
Nadal also knows there is an element of luck involved in getting to the top of the game.
The 31-year-old has been repeatedly blighted by injury with multiple knee surgeries leaving him questioning his future in the sport.
“I deal with painkillers and I have to use them, but I am not the only one, everyone does it,” Nadal added.
“Throughout my career, I missed many more events than my biggest rivals. Injuries are complicated because, when you deal with physical issues, you lose a lot of months and you can’t compete.”