Rafael Nadal believes a conversation with David Beckham has provided him with the perfect inspiration ahead of his Wimbledon final against Tomas Berdych on Sunday.
Nadal was asked if he wanted to meet David Beckham after his three-set victory over Andy Murray in Friday's semi-final. Becks watched the match with his son Brooklyn as the world number one produced a masterclass on Wimbledon's Centre Court.
The Spaniard is a big fan of Real Madrid and grew to admire Beckham's ferocious work-ethic during the Becks' time at the Spanish giants.
Beckham's refusal to accept that any cause is lost on the pitch struck a chord with Nadal, who adopts the same approach whenever he steps onto a tennis court.
"I know him from Madrid few years ago and it is always special meet with great sportsmen like David," Nadal said.
"He's a big star outside of the stadium. But for me, what I admire a lot about him is when he's on the pitch, he fights like the best of them and even more than the rest."