Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek are both defending their Internazionali BNL d’Italia titles this week in Rome, so it was only fitting that they would chat on the training ground on Tuesday before starting their races.
It’s not the first time they’ve met on the training ground. At Roland Garros last year, the pair enjoyed quick success at Roland Garros.
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Swiatek has long spoken of his admiration for Nadal. Last week, the Polish star prepared for Rome by training at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar.
“It was definitely inspiring. You could see all the trophies which is amazing. Seeing the numbers on Wikipedia is one thing, but seeing all the trophies, his consistency sometimes in certain tournaments, it’s amazing,” Swiatek said in his pre-tournament press conference. “Actually, I really like this museum. It wasn’t just about Rafa and tennis, but other sports as well. You could see that there was Fernando Alonso in Formula 1 where he won world championships.
“It was just interesting because you could see sports, not just tennis, not just what Rafa was doing, so that’s good.”
The WTA world No. 1 also praised the recent efforts of Carlos Alcaraz, who beat Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev en route to winning the Mutua Madrid Open title last week.
“I want to watch the best moments for sure. I will. I didn’t have time because [the] The last two days have been very busy for me in terms of training,” Swiatek said. “I’m going to do it for sure because what he’s doing is amazing. Wow, like winning against Rafa and Novak in the same tournament, it’s just crazy.”