Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal has revealed he is taking inspiration from Brazilian football great Ronaldo to continue his return from injury.
With Ronaldo watching, Nadal took an important step on Sunday by winning the Brazil Open for his first title after a seven-month layoff to treat his left knee, and now, he wants to repeat the Brazilian's successful story of recovery from much more serious injuries, the Herald Sun reports.
Despite winning again, the Spaniard is still bothered by his knee and said he is far from fully recovered, although he hopes the victory in front of Ronaldo will mark a new beginning in his career.
Nadal said Ronaldo is an example to a lot of people because of all that injuries in his career he was able to achieve despite what he had to go through with all the knee problems in his career.
Nadal added Ronaldo is definitely an example to him, adding he is an example of determination and hard work.
Ronaldo ended his career as one of the world's top strikers after overcoming three serious knee operations.
The former Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan striker won two World Cups with Brazil and remains the tournament's all-time leading scorer with 15 goals.
Nadal said he has always admired Ronaldo, and as a kid proudly took a photo with the striker when he played for Barcelona in the late 1990s.
The 11-times Grand Slam champion added Ronaldo was unstoppable, one of the best players of all time despite all the bad luck he had with the knee.
The Spaniard was out of action since last year because a torn and inflamed tendon in his knee, an injury that he says is improving but still bothers him from time to time.