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Botic van de Zandschulp will face Rafael Nadal for the first time on Friday at Roland Garros.

The Last Time... With Childhood Rafa Fan Botic Van De Zandschulp

Dutchman idolised Nadal when growing up

Botic van de Zandschulp has enjoyed a breakthrough 12 months, rising from outside the Top 150 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings to a current career-high No. 29.

The Dutchman is now into the third round at Roland Garros for the first time, where he will meet 13-time champion Rafael Nadal in Paris. The 26-year-old, who admitted he was a big fan of the Spaniard when he was younger, recently spoke to ATPTour.com for the newest 'Last Time' Q&A.

I missed a flight?
I think I missed a flight five years ago. I was going from Holland to Estonia. I had to drive to Germany because that was the only plane going to Tallinn and then there was a car crash on the way. I was going to a tournament. I give myself some time to get to the airport. I am currently living 10 minutes from the airport in Amsterdam. I normally arrive about one hour, 45 minutes before and in Amsterdam you can walk straight to the gate in about 10 minutes, but I leave early.

I lost something important?
I lose my iPhone every time I sit in a cab because it doesn’t stay in my pocket. It drops down the car and then I leave the car and go ‘Oh no, I have lost it’. And then the car has already gone. It is so annoying having things drop from my pocket.

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I paid money to hire a court or buy tennis balls?
That was not a long time ago. The week before Marrakech. In Holland it was snowing and at the Federation I can use the courts, but they only have outdoor clay. It was two degrees and snowing, so we had to go somewhere inside, so I paid for my own court.

Being famous helped me?
No, not yet! People don’t care sometimes. It would be nice if it happened in the future at one time.

I strung a tennis racquet?
I have my own stringing machine at home. The last time I used it was two years ago. It is boring, but I do string while watching a show. Now I am coming back from a tournament and my racquets get strung and then I go to the next tournament.

I cooked for myself or others?
I cooked this morning. I made scrambled eggs. Hopefully that is cooking? I had it with toast, just some nice breakfast. My girlfriend complains I can’t cook many things, but I am good cooking rice with chicken and vegetables. It is pretty easy. I did some salmon with pasta and cream sauce. I also make chicken wraps. In Holland, a lot of people eat vegetables with potatoes, it is quite traditional.

I met a childhood idol?
I was a fan of [Rafael] Nadal when younger, but he hasn’t played many of the same tournaments as me yet. I haven’t met any of my idols from when I was younger. I looked up to [Andre] Agassi, I liked him a lot. [Andy] Roddick I liked a lot, but I am yet to meet them, so hopefully my time will come.

I asked someone for a selfie?
I have not asked. I am not a selfie guy! In the offseason I went to Dubai and took some pictures in the desert when we were quad biking, so that was the last time I posed for a picture properly. But not a selfie.

I went to a concert?
I think eight years ago. I went to see Red Hot Chili Peppers. They were playing in Holland, so I went to see them.

I attended a live sporting event other than tennis?
I never went to the basketball in the United States. I go to Ajax, but that was some time ago. Sometimes I go to the hockey field as my girlfriend plays hockey, for a team in Holland. I watch that sometimes. It is not professional, but it is another sporting event.