‘Fight Until The End’: Rafael Nadal Details on His Approach in Overcoming Hardships

Published 12/22/2020, 10:23 AM EST
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates during his Gentlemen’s Singles third round match against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Rafael Nadal has been a phenomenal force on the men’s circuit for almost two decades now. We’ve seen the Spaniard approach each season with the same determination to succeed. But has there been a moment where even he felt like throwing in the towel and giving up?

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34-year-old Nadal has enjoyed a tremendous career so far and he’s etched his name in the record books for multiple achievements, but even he’s been through some rough patches that have caused setbacks. 

As an athlete and a competitor, Nadal has never been the one to back down from a challenge, and the Spaniard credits his external motivators for keeping his hopes running during testing times. 

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“My career can be considered long due to the number of years on the circuit. But it is clear that I have gone through good times and others less good,” Nadal said in a recent interview with ‘Mallorca Caprice.’

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 17: Rafael Nadal of Spain and girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello arrive at the Battersea Power Station during previews for the ATP World Tour Finals Tennis on November 17, 2011 in London, England. The world’s top eight tennis players arrive at Battersea Power Station for the official Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Gala, hosted by Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, and generously supported by Moet & Chandon. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for ATP)

“Moments in which you have doubts, pain of everything, but everything is to overcome it. These are difficult moments, but also there the help of the closest people, family, team, friends counts a lot,” he added.

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Rafael Nadal on his court mentality during matches

Rafael Nadal follows an undying mentality both in his personal and professional life. When it comes to competing on the ATP tour, there’s no better fighter than the 13x French Open champion, and Nadal iterated why he never gives up. 

“And as regards the matches, in tennis the match does not end until the last point and you have to fight until the end because there is always the possibility of winning. Of course there are more complicated games, very complicated, but there is always an option,” mentioned Nadal. 

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PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 11: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning championship point during his Men’s Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on October 11, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The durability in Nadal’s game is what makes him a champion. Who else would’ve thought he would win two French Open titles fifteen years apart! No other player has done it in the open era of men’s singles history. 

Nadal only accumulated two titles in 2020, and one can expect him to use this as motivation to work harder for the upcoming season. The Spaniard has never won the Australian Open since 2009, but can he break the drought in Melbourne next year? 

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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