London: Before taking the pitch to defend his Wimbledon title, Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has said he considers himself as a better and more complete tennis player now.
“I try. I don’t know. In 2008, I play very well too. I try my best every day to keep improving; I wake up every day in order to practice with the illusion to be a better player than the day before. I think I’m a more complete player than few years ago, I am sure on that” Nadal was quoted as saying by a daily.
The world number one also said that 22-year-old US open winner, Rory McIlroy is an inspiration.
“For sure, Rory is an inspiration. I admire him a lot. I love watching Rory. What he is doing is really something unbelievable” Nadal said.
Rafa Nadal will meet Michael Russell on Center Court on Monday, as the 125th Wimbledon championships get under way.
Nadal defeated Tomas Berdych in the Wimbledon championship final last year.
First Published: Monday, June 20, 2011, 13:00