I think when you compete every week, when you play under pressure daily, you find your rituals to be 100 percent focused on what you’re doing.
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I became a player who goes to a lot of effort while training, who can rely on his will and his mental strengths.
I didn’t play a great match, but once I pass the first two rounds, things get easier. I’m used to the court and the conditions.
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I’ll never have a tattoo – I just don’t like them, and when you’re old they can look a disaster. As for piercings, I don’t like them on men.
It’s already a great feeling to be third on the list. To get past Borg, I will have to reach the final in Barcelona next week. It won?t be easy. I could lose any day. But if I am 100 per cent I know I have a great chance of winning.
People who know me said I will win one or two Premierships and will not be interested after that. The reality is that we’ve won two Premierships but I’m more excited about this particular season than last year or the year before. I am a fan of special nature. I’m getting excited before every single game. The trophy at the end is less important than the process itself.
I am a guy who likes to do what I am doing with passion, whether it’s a soccer match with friends or golf.
I always had the theory that the most important thing is be happy, enjoy what are you doing, and be fresh mentally.
I used to wear sleeveless T-shirts all the time on court, but now I’ve got a brand new look – I’ve moved on to polo shirts. Sleeveless T-shirts give you real freedom of movement and they keep you cooler in matches, but I just thought it was time for a change.
Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game – and do it by watching some high school or small-town teams.
For me, it is important to win titles and for that I need to work hard, stay healthy and be able to compete. The rest, I always say, it comes.
In Majorca, I can be myself. I go to the supermarket and the cinema, and I am just Rafa. Everyone knows me, and it is no big deal. I can go all day – no photographs.
I love the crowds in Miami. I feel that is one of the tournaments where I get more support. That helps me a lot.