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  1. namelessone

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    The bolded parts about always trying to do your best(in whatever you want to achieve) and never saying "f**k it, I am losing today anyway" are things that every young sportsman should take to heart. If the other guy is better than you on the day, it will be seen on court eventually, but on your side of things, you must keep fighting.

    Today's youngsters suck from a mental POV. That's my impression after watching all of them(they are not without talent). Sure, there is this talk that the surfaces are slower, that they haven't grown into their bodies(they can't keep up physically) but I don't buy it. Look at someone like Djokovic. He didn't have Nadal's "muscles", didn't have Fed's uber elegant and easy on the body play.

    What was Djokovic doing at 20? For comparison's sake, Dimitrov and Raonic are 22, Harrison is 21, Janowicz is also 22.

    Djokovic was runner up and champion in 2 MS events in 2007, reached SF in RG and WB and the final at USO, having set points in set 1 and 2 against peak Federer. This at 20.

    Something tells me we'll have to wait at least another year or two to see even one of these guys reach a GS semifinal, let alone win a final. The most hyped up youngster, dimitrov, hasn't even won a 250 yet. :)
     
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  2. The_Order

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    I thought players never admit that they were better a few years ago than now. Remember the federinas saying that Fed only said he was a better player in 2009 or 2010? than he was in 2005 was because he didn't want to admit it to everyone and show weakness lol.
     
  3. TheTruth

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    This was a great article, Chrisstti. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the reason that I like Nadal so much. He has such an upright and honest philosophy.
     
  4. RafaIsBack

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    Crisstti, thanks for this great interview ! It sums up why I love this player : he will try best to win, so even when he loses I'm not so sad because he fought to the end.
     
  5. TheTruth

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    That's how I feel. I always know that he tried his best and that's all you can ask for in your player. And many of his losses are good losses because he tweaks his game and overcomes those situations.

    His interviews are so honest. Never puffed up, just the real deal on the situation at hand. I have to agree, RafaIsBack, I love this player.
     
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    That kit is sick wicked good.
     
  7. ManOfSteel2013

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    Nadal embodies intelligence and wisdom. I've never known of an athlete with his attitude. Agassi came close, after a lot of maturing, but even he still didn't seem as genuine.
     
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    I like it too :) Wish it had a bit more red in it though.
     
  9. Crisstti

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    It is a great interview, but I'm not quite sure if I made it clear enough that the interview, originally in Spanish on El País, was translated on Nadal News, and I only brought over some quotes (maybe half of the interview) in case people were too lazy to go over there :)

    The whole interview is translated here:
    http://www.nadalnews.com/2013/06/11...-with-the-mind/comment-page-1/#comment-218992

    What he says about trying your best, reminds me of what he said after losing the AO 2012 final. He said he was happy because he had tried his best and taken it to the limit. Many people seemed to think he was lying but we can see how well he explains it here.
     
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  10. vernonbc

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    So glad you brought over some of the quotes Crisstti. Benhur posted a link to the original interview and I posted a link to the NN translation and I couldn't believe nobody commented on such a great interview! :confused: It's very much worth reading for any Rafa fan (and even non-fans if they want to get an idea of why his fans are such ardent supporters of the man).

    I'm happy he's finally tooting his own horn and talking a little bit about his being a very good player being the reason he wins, not just his muscles but my favourite quote was (paraphrased) that it's not that he's determined to never lose, it's that he'll never quit. He's an amazing young man.
     
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    You are so right. I have never seen an athlete or celebrity as level-headed as he is. He speaks the truth, because he knows that the truth never comes back to bite you. If you were to read an interview from him at the beginning it is the same as an interview he would give today. His values have not changed in the slightest and he hasn't taken his celebrity to the point of arrogance.

    Genuine was the perfect word to use in response to Nadal. I think he would have succeeded in any field that he chose because his background and upbringing is effective no matter what you do for a living.
     
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    Thank you. I got it. I love reading his interviews. There's always something to learn that you can apply to your own life.
     
  14. TheTruth

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    Thanks for sharing Vernonbc. It's always nice to see these little snippets into his character and behavior. Taking all of that time to still sign autographs when you know his family was waiting for him in the locker room. Such a great guy.
     
  15. beast of mallorca

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    Thanks for the video Vernon. Were you the one taking the video by any chance ?
     
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    Me neither, that's why I thought I'd post part of it here.

    I love that part too :), how he's quick to correct the interviewer and make clear what he means, which is really not the same that the interviewer is saying... he himself then mentions how people get it wrong sometimes and think that what he loves is to win, but that what he loves is the competition, the effort.

    Yep, you can tell if you watch any interviews from him early on that his attitude is the same.

    Wonderful video :)

    The ballboys/girls are so eager to take the picture. Love how he hands the trophy to them, and the public's reaction to that :)
     
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    What restaurants does Rafa go to when in London ??
     
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    great video. thank you ! :)
     
  19. beast of mallorca

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    Are you gonna stalk Rafa ? You're not a loon are you ? .................jk :twisted:
     
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    That's awesome, gotta love Rafito :)
     
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    I am reading the menu. and I have NO idea what those things are. what is Gambo ?? is that like Rambo ?:confused:
     
  23. Crisstti

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    Rafa practising in Manacor.

    Can't understand anything they say practically... he says something about arriving as well prepared as possible conditions to Wimbledon, and about winning the first two matches and gaining confidence. Then something about the ranking, about defending points, about the race :-?

    He looked relaxed and fine I think :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwSK-oedRWM
     
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    Rambo and chips in a basket ??. :neutral:
     
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    I wonder if Nadal should try to get the number one ranking this year or whether he should just relax and get it next year (at Australia probably). He'll win ATP Play Of The Year probably this year anyway. No rush for the number one ranking in my opinion. Even if Djok passes 102 weeks, Nadal can pass him next year.
     
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    Nadal may as well win the thing, seeing he's there.
     
  31. beast of mallorca

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    The People's Champion is looking lean and focus. Hope he clinches the Wimbledon Championship title this 2013.

    Vamos Rafito !!
     
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    Clay shoes on grass? Hope he doesn't fall down and bust his ***. Lol.
     
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    Gotta love that forehand
     
  36. TheTruth

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    Those videos were an absolute pleasure to watch.

    They are the reason that I root for Nadal. So passionate and exciting. He has given us so many great matches during his career. Phenomenal.
     
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    You mean Phenomenadal? :D
     
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    "I want to play well, but I always do. Wimbledon is special. Competing there is exiting for me and it's an extra motivation, because of what this tournament means"

    "I don't know how I'm going to respond because I've been practically a year not being able to play well on grass. Last year I arrived very badly of the knee to Halle and to the week prior to Wimbledon, so now is the time to work, do things right and try hard to be competitive for the first round.

    "On grass you've got to be aggressive. I go with the uncertainty of not having played on a surface which is different to everything else. You've got to understand it, learn how to play points, the way of getting them and how to approach situations. I have to play similar to Roland Garros where I played quite aggressive and adapt that to grass".

    http://ultimahora.es/mallorca/noticia/deportes/rafa-nadal/dudas-rafael-nadal.html
     
  39. TheTruth

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    I like that. I'll have to learn how to spell it:).
     
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    Rafa beat Nishikori 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (6-3). It was just an exhibtion but it's always a good news for us Rafa fans ;)

    Apparently he played a good match :
     
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    Things move to Wimbledon very fast, but I don't think it was posted here, so:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdbqVLd8tU0

    Rafa's entire post match press conference after RG final. In case anyone wants to watch it.
     
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    I prefer watching Nadal on grass than any other surface. Loads of entertaining matches 06-11. Hope he plays well this year.
     
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    I like watching him on natural surfaces. Rafa has always said that clay is his best surface (best results) but grass is his favorite surface.
     
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    LOL that girl that he's signing the autograph for looks so blah about it.

    Assuming this preparation works out, I hope Nadal skips Halle again next year. He needs the rest after Roland Garros and can always get exhibition matches at Wimbledon (as he did this year vs Nish).
     
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