Rafa Nadal says toast and yogurt in the mornings are why he has excelled


RAFA NADAL has finally revealed the secret behind his success…a slice of toast and pot of yogurt!

The Spaniard, 33, is chasing Roger Federer in the record books for the most men’s Grand Slam singles titles.

 Nadal practising before the start of the Australian Open as he chases a 20th Grand Slam title

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Nadal practising before the start of the Australian Open as he chases a 20th Grand Slam titleCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 The Spaniard is the world No.1 player and puts it down to a special breakfast every morning

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The Spaniard is the world No.1 player and puts it down to a special breakfast every morningCredit: AFP or licensors

Federer, 38, has 20 majors but Nadal is on 19 and could eclipse that figure at some stage this season.

Nadal, the French and US Open champion, is a superstitious bloke and follows the same routine before his biggest matches.

He reckons a hearty breakfast is the reason why he has managed to stay at the top of the sport for so long.

The world No.1, who plays Bolivian Hugo Dellien, on Tuesday, said: “I don’t change anything even if it is a final or not.

“I normally eat some bread toast in the morning, maybe some yogurt. That’s my typical breakfast.

“Before the match, I take a piece of fish and some white rice normally. Those are my normal meals before the matches.

 Nadal lifted the US Open title in September to leave him one behind Roger Federer in the major stats

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Nadal lifted the US Open title in September to leave him one behind Roger Federer in the major statsCredit: Alamy Live News
 Nadal, pictured with Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, helped to raise funds for the Australian bushfire victims

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Nadal, pictured with Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, helped to raise funds for the Australian bushfire victimsCredit: AFP or licensors

“For me, there is only passion and love for the game. And I try to stay positive in the tough months.

“I have gone through some situations during my career. But I was able always with the positive attitude and the right people around me to find a way to keep going.

“Because of my style of games, a lot of people said my career should be a little bit shorter.

“But here we are. I’m happy for that. Even for me it’s a big surprise to be where I am at my age. I’m enjoying the situation.”

Nadal lost in the 2019 Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic and that 6-3 6-2 6-3 performance by the Serbian was described as close to “perfection”.

Yet Nadal ended up the year as the top player in the world and he will hope his old injury woes do not resurface this decade.

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 Nadal married long-term girlfriend Xisca Perello In Mallorca in October

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Nadal married long-term girlfriend Xisca Perello In Mallorca in OctoberCredit: Handout – Getty

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