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Rafael Nadal Quotes

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June 14, 2018: “It is true that in my career I achieved much more than what I have ever dreamed. But, at the same time, on the other hand, it’s true that I went through tough moments, a lot of times with injuries. So, for example, the beginning of this season in Australia I have been in a good position to fight for an important title for me. I had to go. And then in Acapulco, again injured. And I couldn’t play Indian Wells and Miami. And I arrived so-so with some doubts for this clay-court season. I came back from almost five months without playing a full tournament since Shanghai last year. So it was a lot of months with problems. Coming back and having the chance to win Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome and now, especially here in Paris, it’s very emotional for me.
Raphael Nadal, after winning his record-extending 11th French Open title and 17th Grand Slam title by routing Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in the final.
May 13, 2018: “I'm very happy for the victory against a very difficult opponent. Tsitsipas has an amazing future. It was a great final for me and the 11th title here means a lot. I enjoyed the whole week and had great support from the crowd. It’s very difficult to describe how to win 11 titles at one tournament. To win 11 Monte-Carlos and 11 Barcelonas is something I couldn’t imagine doing. I’m just enjoying every week, and the fact I’m playing in a tournament that I enjoy so much means a lot to me.
Rafael Nadal, after trouncing fast-rising, 19-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-1 in the Barcelona Open final.
November 22, 2017: “One year ago, for sure I never dreamed about being No.1 again at the end of the season. It was impossible for me to think about (being No.1) coming back from a tough period without playing, and with so many injuries in the last couple of years. It means a lot. After almost 10 years since the first time.
Rafael Nadal, at 31, became the oldest ATP world No.1 in history by beating Hyeon Chung 7-5 6-3 in the second round of the Paris Masters. The 16-time grand slam winner had not finished the year at the top since 2013, with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray doing so after that.
September 12, 2017: “I really never thought much about that. I just do my way. He does his way. Let's see when we finish. Of course, if I won two grand slams this year and he did not win, we'd be closer, but he has 19, I have 16. So three is a big difference. I'm very happy with all the things that are happening to me, winning this title again. I have this trophy with me. It's so important, winning on hard court again. That's a lot of positive energy for me. Being healthy, you see everything more possible. With injuries, everything seems impossible. It's true that I am 31, I am not 25, but I still have the passion and the love for the game. I still want to compete and still feel the nerves every time that I go on court. While those things keep happening, I will be here.
Rafael Nadal, after winning his third US Open and 16th Grand Slam title, insisted he isn’t concerned about matching Roger Federer’s 19 career Grand Slam titles.
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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