I am a guy who likes to do what I am doing with passion, whether it’s a soccer match with friends or golf.
More quotes by Rafael Nadal
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.
More quotes about Sport
Before, I wouldn’t have sacrificed anything for tennis but when I met Barbara it was different. I would have sacrificed tennis for Barbara.
My serve can get better, for sure. It’s not just about serving bombs, but positioning, variation in speed, in spin.
Above all, such sports as judo, in my view, teach people to relate to each other. They teach us to respect a partner, teach us to understand that an externally weak partner can not only put up worthy resistance, but, if you relax and take too much for granted, may even win.
My tennis is aggressive, though I wouldn’t say that it’s more physical than technical. I rely more on technique than physique, but being physical is always a help to me.
Tennis is beautiful when you can see tactics, when players don’t just react but are able to act and think.
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.
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.
Every year I go to Broadway to see a musical – I like the music. I saw ‘Mamma Mia;’ I saw ‘Les Miserables;’ I saw ‘Phantom of the Opera’ like six, seven times.
You just try to play tough and focus point for point. Sounds so boring, but it’s the right thing to do out there.