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Nadal disdains discussions of his place in history. From Chicago Fan. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on August 30, 2010

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Nadal disdains discussions of his place in history:

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10 Responses to “Nadal disdains discussions of his place in history. From Chicago Fan. Thanks.”

  1. Jenny said

    Thnx, chicago fan. Rafa is so sensible, mature and down to earth, it’s sickening in one so young! 🙂

  2. Somebody Else said

    “When you have a lot of years on tour, you understand it’s impossible to win big tournaments without playing aggressive,” Nadal said. “Playing well or playing bad, I have to play aggressive. I must play aggressive.”

    — That sums it up, I think. If one can place himself/herself in the right state of mind going into a match, zone in and hit their shots with more consistency, dexterity and focus than their opponents, that player is sure to yield positive results time and time again. Rafa has set the bar high simply through his work ethic. There are other highly talented players who succeed on talent, intuition and feel/rhythm. Rafa can do both simultaneously at high levels. His one flaw in my eyes: he doesn’t play with a one-handed backhand. I might’ve favored him more often if he did. 😉

    • Jenny said

      “When you have a lot of years on tour, you understand it’s impossible to win big tournaments without playing aggressive,” Nadal said. “Playing well or playing bad, I have to play aggressive. I must play aggressive.”

      Agreed. Rafa is mentally very strong, other talents aren’t so consistent in that department. Aggression: I think it applies to most successful players. Being passive and without a hard work ethic off court just won’t cut it if they wish to remain in the top 20.

  3. Ash said

    Have a lot of respect for Nadal, not only for his game but for his mature, grounded attitude. Not for him any talk of a specific tally of GS titles or his undoubted talent. A true great in every sense. Good luck for the USO Rafa!

  4. jett09 said

    Thanks for this Chicago Fan.

    I liked what Annacone thought of Rafa “a humble, graceful guy with a zest for living in the moment.”

    Rafa said that people who compared him with Federer “don’t know nothing about tennis.” Rafa doesn’t like comparation, no??

    And this is the best….. “We’re in a lucky, enviable period of tennis,”. “In 20, 30, 40 years, we’ll look back and go, wow. We’re witnessing possibly the greatest player of all time. For sure, we’re witnessing the greatest clay court player who ever lived and possibly two of the greatest players ever, playing against each other, at the peak of their games.”

    And may R&R play for a long long time 😉

  5. Sol said

    Thanks Chicago Fan.

    I don’t agree with the last paragraph, though. They’re not both “playing against each other at the peak of their games”. One is at the peak of his game (Nadal) and the other not so much anymore. But it’s a nice article.

    • Somebody Else said

      That would appear to be the situation, but here’s to more moments/periods of brilliance when it matters.

      **glasses clink**

  6. M said

    I always appreciate Rafa’s interviews where he — always tactfully — makes the point that the time to talk about the player’s place in history is at the *end* of the career. 🙂

    Meanwhile, we get to enjoy, for as long as it lasts, tennis of two of the greatest of all time!

    Thank you, Chicago Fan.

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