Rafa Roundup: Nadal’s mind is the single biggest weapon in the sport

Photo via Pula Golf
Photo via Pula Golf


In my book, he is the greatest competitor in the history of the game, better and even tougher than other standouts like Pancho Gonzales and Jimmy Connors, a singularly rugged individual. I have said it before, but it bears repeating: Nadal’s mind is the single biggest weapon in the sport. That is why he will rediscover his winning ways over time, even if it takes longer than he would like, regardless of how much pain he must endure. It is entirely possible that he might not be ready to win Roland Garros this year, but that is not necessarily so. It will depend largely on Nadal’s capacity to win some crucial matches in both Madrid and Rome. His confidence is exceedingly low at the moment, but some good wins in the last two pre-French Open events could sharply alter the state of his mind.

Q. Is it unrealistic to expect to see Rafa Nadal as a coach? Rafa: I don’t think so. For the moment it is not what I have planned… I know I will be involved in the world of sport, but not in that way. … Q. Which Nadal is the best? Rafa: The one that feels comfortable competing, whether he wins or loses. But at least playing as well as he knows he is able, not just as well as he can. 

“Para mí siempre es muy especial jugar en casa, y Madrid, como Barcelona, lo es. En Madrid he vivido emociones muy importantes y el público siempre me ha mostrado un gran cariño. Espero llegar, entrenar, y procurar recuperar la línea de juego de Montecarlo. Creo que allí jugué con opciones, pero no lo hice en el Godó. ¿Objetivo? Hacer un buen torneo, tener un comportamiento correcto e intentar competir… Sé que no ganaré 20 Montecarlos, ni 15 Roland Garrós… ”, destacó Rafa.

Ni Björn Borg ganó 20 años seguidos y Federer -segundo de la ATP- también ha pasado épocas que no han sido tan buenas; los grandes de toda la historia del deporte no son eternos“, ha afirmado. “Indiscutiblemente yo tampoco”, ha aseverado el número 4 de la ATP, que ha añadido: “No sé hasta cuándo va a durar el éxito; ni lo sabía en 2005, ni en 2006 ni en 2008…”. Ha recordado que a lo largo de los años ha “cosechado éxitos” y que confía en mejorar su juego y ganar más títulos, para lo cual mantiene su ilusión de siempre. Nadal ha dicho que “lo único que pasa” es que ha perdido más partidos de lo habitual: “De esto va el deporte, de ganar y de perder”, ha comentado el tenista balear.

Rafael Nadal lost again on clay, this time in Barcelona. He now has three losses on his favorite surface this year, equaling his total for last year that was his highest in a decade. And the struggling Spaniard has three more clay tournaments to play this spring. … Barring injury, Nadal likely will be favored against anyone but Djokovic when he seeks his 10th French Open title. But with an unusually low seed number next to his name and lots of new challengers, Nadal could have much tougher matches than he’s accustomed to.

Photo: Cati Caldera
Photo: Cati Caldera

El tenista Rafa Nadal será investido Doctor Honoris Causa por la Universidad Europea (UE) de Madrid «en reconocimiento a sus méritos deportivos y a los valores de esfuerzo, superación, respeto, cordialidad y ejemplaridad que representa su figura», en un acto que se celebrará este próximo lunes 4 de mayo (13:00 horas) en el campus de Villaviciosa de Odón.

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  1. Keep strong in body and mind Rafa ,,,all good things will be back with you soon ,,,I wish you all the very best .

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