The "hard work" of Zapata

Bernabé Zapata lives these days in Roland Garros the best experience of his career. Professional since 2015, at 25 years old, the Valencian has tasted success in a Grand Slam and today (around 3:00 p.m.)after beating Sela, Elias and Nardi in qualifying, and Mmoh, Fritz and Isner in the main draw, is measured in the Suzanne Lenglen with the three in the world, Zverev, who does not know him. “I don’t know much about him. It’s in the week of his life. I need my best level to win”, says the 25-year-old German.

Zapata is a tennis day laborer, hardened in Challengers (he has won three, including Cordenons in 2020, when he defeated Alcaraz in the final). And he knows how difficult it is to prosper. “I only think about improving and working hard. I have to take advantage of these moments, because you have a very bad time in this sport ”, explains Berni, who was left out of the tournament two years ago due to a false positive for COVID. His reference was “Nadal”. “On a mental level, he is the best in history and he inspires me.” He also followed “Ferrer and Bautista”, and he pays attention “a lot to Andújar”. “I am lucky to live with him in Valencia and he helps me a lot with his advice”.

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