Juan Carlos Ferrero doesn’t count on to see compatriot Rafael Nadal retire any time quickly as a consequence of his unwavering motivation to be the very best.

Nadal, 32, spent most of 2018 because the world primary however misplaced that place to Novak Djokovic earlier than the season ended having not competed for the reason that US Open in September.

The 17-time grand slam champion, who has battled damage points all through his profession, underwent surgical procedure on a persistent ankle drawback final month however will return on the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in December.

Ferrero insists Nadal’s starvation to succeed stays and believes he can proceed to play at an elite stage for just a few years but.

Talking forward of the Champions Tennis on the Royal Albert Corridor, Ferrero informed Omnisport: “I’ve been speaking to my closest good friend.

“I’m seeing him competing two or three years extra. If he’s match sufficient, his tennis is nice.

“What impresses me extra is how he is ready to preserve that robust motivation. The toughest level is to compete at this high-level motivation.

“Anyway, in the event you compete every time for profitable a grand slam, it’s simpler to maintain it. Nevertheless, it’s at all times robust to maintain that motivation the entire 12 months.

“Thankfully, he is ready to preserve it and hopefully the accidents is not going to be a problem – that is one thing [that is] harder yearly since you are getting older.

“Every time I watch him [when he is] match, he’s a beast. He takes care of himself and if [Roger] Federer says he’ll play till 40, Rafa is 32, so he nonetheless has lengthy strategy to go.”

Ferrero will function alongside the likes of John McEnroe, Goran Ivanisevic and Tim Henman within the Champions Tennis match.

“It’s just about the identical ambiance as Wimbledon,” Ferrero added.

“It’s a good occasion with particular emotions. Enjoying on this venue is spectacular. I’m coming very joyful and I’m properly ready to be sincere, so I’ll attempt to take pleasure in myself.”

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