Nadal thumped Burgos when the two met in the Australian Open, beating him 6-1 6-1 6-1.
The 31-year-old, however, failed to win the title with Roger Federer going on to scoop the prize instead.
Rafael Nadal, despite injuries continuing to plague him, remains world No 1 though could lose that ranking if Federer makes the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam Open.
And Burgos has praised the Spaniard, saying his kind words made him reconsider retirement and compete in the Ecuador Open, where he lost his title earlier this month.
“That was my dream, to play against Rafa in best of five sets at one of the Grand Slam tournaments,” he told tennis.com.
“At that moment he was No. 1 and I was playing him in the first round of the Australian Open.
“He is a big competitor. I lost the match but I won also by the feeling I had playing against him.
“It was amazing for me. I thought I played very good tennis, but he is unbelievable.
“He did not give me anything free. I lost 6-1, 6-1, 6-1, and every point and every game I won, I had to earn.”
Stan Wawrinka, meanwhile, has refused to be drawn into the debate about whether Nadal or Federer is the better player.
“For Roger, that would be an incredible thing,” Wawrinka said.
“But for me, only the first round counts.
“I’m on the right track, but far from my top form.”