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This photo speaks volumes about Nadal as a human being.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 27, 2008

Rafael Nadal of Spain, left, with his victory cup, reacts with Roger Federer of Switzerland, during the final of the Monte Carlo Tennis Open tournament in Monaco, Sunday, April 27, 2008.  

Nadal knows how close Federer was this time, maybe closer than even the five setter at Rome in 2006. Add the current state Federer is in, and this, Nadal knows, must be stinging real hard.

So what does Nadal do? He uses his body language to convey his condolences – sincerely and with great respect – to keep it exactly in line. Notice his facial expression and you can read his soul, I think.

This is one of the best photos I have seen in a long time, irrespective of sport or whatever.

It truly shows Nadal thinking from the other person’s perspective – genuinely. He did not have to do that.

If this doesn’t move you, you are not tough, you are freaking dead even though you may have a pulse.


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