I started playing padel with my brother, just for fun when I was nine years old in Bahia Blanca, Argentina. I loved it straight away. Then I started playing junior competitions, local tournaments then regional and national events. I really enjoyed competing and spending time with other players. Eventually I started playing senior events when I was 14 or 15, and finally professional events.
In 2001 I moved to Spain, playing events and teaching padel. In 2004 the FEP (Federación Española de Padel) asked me to play in the Spanish national team and I played with Pitu Losada, winning many events.
In 2008 I started playing with Pablo Lima and achieved my greatest victories and titles. In 2014 Pablo played with Fernando Belasteguin and Juan Martin Diaz asked me to play with him. Then in 2017 I started playing with Miguel Lamperti.
I love those games where all your shots work well and even if you fall behind, you don’t lose your calm as you know you’re playing well and can recover. Also if you don’t play so well and win, this helps as you prepare for the next match. It’s that balance between the mental and physical.
These are the key aspects in padel. If you’re in great physical form, but struggling mentally, or you feel under pressure or you’re not focused on your game, it’s no good. And if you’re not in good physical shape, you cannot reach your best level of play. You need a balance to win.
I’ve been fortunate to have a few great achievements. I’ve won the Spanish National Championships and Team Championships, the World Championships and, together with the Spanish National Team, I’ve won titles on the FEP, PPT and WPT circuits. My best moment was becoming world number one in 2012, overtaking Belasteguin-Diaz – the best pair in the history of the sport. Now, my aim is to recover from knee surgery, and get back into the top four rankings.
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