Rafael Nadal, Wimbledon 2010

From Rafael Nadal’s autobiography Rafa:

That diesel engine image Carlo Costa uses to describe me was especially appropriate in this tournament.
I started sluggishly, but once I got going, there was no stopping me. I nearly went out in the second round, squeaking through in five sets, but the further I advanced and the tougher the opponents were the more my game improved.

I beat Soderling in the quarterfinals in four sets and Andy Murray in the semis in three. In the match against Murray the Centre Court behaved impeccably. The British have been longing to have their own Wimbledon champion since 1936, when Fred Perry last won, and the crowd made it quite clear from the start where their allegiances lay. Murray, seeded four in the tournament, was the best hope they had had in a long time. Yet I felt they were entirely fair with me throughout, not cheering my double faults, clapping after my better shots. And when, to the disappointment of the great majority, I won in straight sets, they did not begrudge me a warm ound of applause.

I had expected that if I made it to the final, I’d be meeting Roger Federer for the fourth year running. I didn’t. My opponent this time was the number twelve seed Tomas Berdych, who’d had a brilliant run in the tournament, beating Federer in the quarters and Djokovic in the semifinals.
Though complacency was not on my mind, I was not nearly as nervous as I had been before the final two years earlier. Just as never having played a Wimbledon final before places you at a disavantage, the experience of having done so – in my case four times now- provides a soothing measure of familiarity. Playing an almost perfect game, I won in three sets, 6-3 7-5 6-4, to collect my second Wimbledon championship and eight Grand Slam.

RAFA’s book review

Article written by Tennis Buzz new contributor, Lewis Davies.
Lewis is a 20-year-old sports fan, webmaster of Ace of Baseline, a blog that focus on the next tennis superstars .

They say you should never judge a book by its cover and as it turns out, it couldn’t be more true for the cover of Rafael Nadal’s memoir.

With his chest bare and broad, a stern-faced Nadal leers like a warrior ready for battle. The warrior expression is what we’re used to seeing from the multiple Grand Slam winner on his battleground of the tennis court but it holds more of an intimidating look on the front of Rafa; one which hundreds of tennis players who share the locker room with him have to contend with before even entering the fold.

But while this is the Nadal we are all familiar with on court it’s far from the Mallorcan, family-loving football fanatic his closest personnel know inside out. His family have bred him to be a gentleman and a humble one at that.

There’s a reason he’s shirtless too. Not just to make the ladies swoon but it’s a statement of how naked and open he is with the most intimate details of his personal life. It’s a surprise the book even came to pass with the attitude he holds to keeping his private life under lock and key.

If there were still things to strive for like an eluding Grand Slam title or Olympic gold medal, there’s no doubt Nadal wouldn’t have taken time out to work on it. His uncle and coach Toni Nadal would not have stood for anything less.

Such is the importance of the team Nadal has assembled and loyally stuck by for his whole career, the
often strained relationship with his coach is centred on throughout the book as Rafael and his family struggled to come to terms with his uncle’s harsh tutorage.

The book itself consists of Nadal looking back on his two greatest triumphs at Wimbledon 2008 where he defeated Roger Federer for his dream title and the 2010 US Open, the scene of his career Grand Slam. Each chapter reflects with a series of flashbacks as to how the character of the champion was built to overcome his greatest tests.

Every subject associated with Nadal is brought up. His routines in the locker room, his much scrutinised on-court habits, the relentless work ethic and possibly the best 21st century rivalry in sport between himself and Federer.

There’s a lot of setbacks and a lot of tears. The dark days are described as vividly as the glory days on Centre Court and Arthur Ashe Stadium. At times, the story of Rafael Nadal is inspirational in that it makes you go that mile further or do those extra few reps at the gym after reading.

At the end of every section Spain’s British writer John Carlin gives a welcome extension to the words Nadal says, offering analysis and contributions from his team and family, adding to the picture of the champion and the man behind the records.

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Rafael Nadal's book: Rafa

A gladiator on court, Rafael Nadal is widely known to be an intensely competitive, ambitious tennis player. Off court, he is an immensely private person. A natural athlete, he was exposed to sports at a young age (his uncle, Miguel Ángel Nadal, is a former Barcelona FC player), played competitive tennis and participated in an organized soccer league. But it wasn’t until he was 13 that he knew tennis was in his future.

In his first-ever memoir, RAFA, written with award-winning journalist John Carlin, Nadal reveals the secrets of his game and shares the inspiring personal story behind his success.
The book covers Nadal’s childhood, growth as a player, and his remarkable career. It includes the highs, such as winning the Wimbledon 2008 final in what John McEnroe called “the greatest game of tennis ever played,” to the lows, when in 2009 knee injuries and family troubles caused Nadal to exit the French Open early and miss Wimbledon altogether.
The book also details the 2010 US Open, where he completed a career Grand Slam.

The book is out out August 23rd, 2011, and you’ll get a chance to win one copy on Tennis Buzz!

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