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Rafael Nadal Quotes
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August 5, 2015: “I am confident that I can play, I gonna have a much better second half of the season than what I did in the first six months. I have the motivation to do it, and I feel my mentality and my body ready for it. And then if I'm able to play the full season, I hope to finish in good position of the ranking and then have the chance to start 2016 stronger, no?... I am sure that I gonna keep trying my best.”
— Rafael Nadal, who has a poor 2-6 record against top 10 opponents and won only two minor tournaments this year going into the Hamburg event which he won by beating Fabio Gognini in the final.April 10, 2015: “It’s not the question of tennis, it’s the question of being relaxed enough to play well on court. I was anxious on court. I wanted to be there. I tried in every point, but I was not able to relax myself, to calm myself, to say I’m going to play my best tennis now. I’m playing with too many nerves for a lot of moments, important moments. . . . You have to know that you have a problem and know that you have to improve, but nobody is going to improve the situation for you.”
— Rafael Nadal, in the throes of a prolonged slump, after the 28-year-old superstar suffered a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 Miami Open third-round defeat to Fernando Verdasco, a player he once defeated 13 straight times.Oct 1, 2014: “It is preferable that [the captain] is someone with a background in the world of men's tennis. I have nothing against her, I don’t know what her capabilities are, and I hope she does her job well, but in theory she is a person that doesn’t know men’s tennis, because men’s tennis isn’t the same as women’s tennis. The truth is that the men’s game isn’t the same as the women’s game on the tactical level, not that one is better than the other.”
— Toni Nadal, Rafael Nadal’s coach and uncle, telling Onda Cero radio why he believes choosing former WTA player Gala Leon as the first woman to captain of Spain's Davis Cup team is a mistake.June 10, 2014: “I knew I had lost four times in a row to Novak, and to be able to win again against him was very important to me. I had enough courage. I made the right decisions at the right moment and ended up on top. It’s an emotional moment, a real mix of things .”
— Rafael Nadal, after defeating archrival Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 to win his fifth straight and ninth overall French Open title and 14th career Grand Slam title.May 28, 2014: “I doubt about myself. I think doubts are good in life. The people who don’t have doubts I think only two things—arrogance or not intelligence.”
— Rafael Nadal, who has some doubts he can catch Roger Federer’s record of 17 Grand Slam singles titles, in TIME magazine.July 29, 2013: "I talk to Rafa during matches. I know that is against the rules. At my age, I have nothing to hide."
— Toni Nadal, Rafael Nadal's uncle-coach, telling Spanish journalist David Nadal, he's not contrite about flouting the no-coaching rule.June 30, 2013: "Two weeks ago, I was in a fantastic situation, winning at Roland Garros. Now, losing in the first round, it's tough. The tour continues. Life continues. This is a sport of victories, not a sport of losses. Nobody remembers the losses. I don't want to remember the loss."
— Rafael Nadal, who won his eighth French Open title and two weeks later suffered a shocking Wimbledon first-round loss to No. 135-ranked Steve Darcis.June 2013: "He's getting a hand for his chest."
— NBC Analyst Mary Carillo, when many in the Roland Garros crowd cheered as muscular Rafael Nadal took off his shirt after beating Novak Djokovic in a thrilling 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7(3), 9-7 semifinal duel.June 10, 2013: "This was a really emotional match, that's the truth. I lost a match like this in Australia. This one was for me. I'm more than happy about the way I fought in the fifth, after losing a big chance in the fourth. Djokovic always comes back. [To win a match like this] you need to love the game. You need to love what you are doing and appreciate every moment. I have learned to enjoy suffering in these matches, because what is much harder is to be [injured] at home in Mallorca, watching these matches on TV."
— Rafael Nadal, whose love of competition never wavered during his fluctuating 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7(3), 9-7 triumph over Novak Djokovic in the French Open semifinals.March 25, 2013: "A lot of things happened the last seven months, [so] to be back here and to have this very heavy trophy with me is amazing. Beating three Top 10 players and winning a title like this is just something unbelievable for me. I'm very, very happy and very emotional. When you have one comeback like I'm having, you remember all the low things, the lower moments that you had during the seven months. Hopefully I passed and can just remember all the people that really helped me a lot during all this time."
— Rafael Nadal, after he won a record-breaking 22nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown and celebrated his third triumph in Indian Wells, as well as his 600th career win and 53rd career title.June 12, 2012: "This is a really emotional day, to win here win another time. Sure, the seventh is important because I am the player who has more titles here than anyone, but for me the important thing is just to win at Roland Garros, whether it's the first, second, third or seventh."
— Rafael Nadal, who broke a record he shared with the legendary Bjorn Borg by winning his seventh French Open title, defeating world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 in the final.July 5, 2011: "When one player is better than you, at this moment, the only thing you can do is work, try to find solutions and try to wait a little bit for your time. I'm going to wait and I'm going to try a sixth time. And if the sixth doesn't happen, a seventh. It's going to be like this. That's the spirit of sport."
— Rafael Nadal, both philosophical and determined about reversing the trend in which he's lost five straight matches on three different surfaces to new world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.June 8, 2011: "I'm so impressed with what he's able to do mentally and physically. It's jaw-dropping to watch him play on this surface. Borg was always this god on this surface; no one believed that they could beat him. But given the depth of the field today, for Rafa to be as dominant as Borg is unfathomable, and we're just lucky to see it. I have a hard time imagining how you beat this guy on this surface."
— Jim Courier, the 1991-1992 French Open champion, and now a TV analyst, on Rafael Nadal's winning his sixth French Open crown.January 20, 2011: "When you have bodyguards, everything is more difficult. That's when people recognize you. When you go normal, it's easier to go out without problems, people are respectful."
— Rafael Nadal, one of sport's most normal and reluctant superstars, in Sports Illustrated.January 28 , 2008: "When one gets beaten by somebody better, one has to know how to lose with humility. Sure, I could have served better. Sure, I could have hit my forehand harder. But the truth was this was like an avalanche, and there was no way to stop it."
— Rafael Nadal, impressed with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after the unseeded Frenchman routed him 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in the Australian Open semis.
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