Rafael Nadal, who won the title at Indian Wells on Sunday, says what kept him going during his seven months off with knee trouble was his love of sport.
“I like the tennis. I love the sport,” he said. “So I love sport in general. I love to practice the sport. I love the competition. Even if I don't have the chance to play tennis, I like to play [soccer]. I like to play different sports that for the last seven months I didn't. So is not only a thing about tennis. Is thing about my life, and my life is very close to sport in general. I was not able to do one thing that I really loved to do it. I love to practice sport, move my body, and only sport that I was able to do it was golf, that I love, but I really love the movement of sports.
“I miss the feeling to go on a big stadium with all people, all this atmosphere that makes you feel something different. And the feeling of victory, the feeling of competition, this adrenaline in life, [but] there is much more important things than tennis. That's only game."