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Showing posts with label US Open. Show all posts




"How can someone who should be double break down in a set goes on to save 3 BP on his service again only to win the set 6-4?" If you don't know the answer, just watch the third set of US Open final this year and you will find the answer. Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly the greatest fighter tennis has ever seen till date. How can he do what he did, winning US Open 2013 emphatically?  Here is the answer..

"Endurance - That’s a big word. Keep going physically, never letting up and putting up with everything that comes your way, not allowing the good or the bad , the ups and downs, good luck or bad luck - to put you off track.  - Rafa Nadal wrote in his autobiography Rafa on the definition of endurance.

Many people have always wondered and been amazed at the brilliant comeback of Rafael Nadal after a seven month layoff. Historically when players have been away from their sport for so long, their comeback has often been marred with lapses of form and lack of ability to reach back to the top.

It becomes even more important in case of Nadal who is currently competing in the toughest era in tennis esp. with the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Still the seven month absence didn't even put a speck on his performance, if anything he has bounced back with even more fierceness and determination to succeed.

His record speaks for itself and apart from winning French Open title 8th time in his career, he has also emerged as the best hard court player this year with a 21-0 win loss record. I was myself amazed and left in disbelief at what he has accomplished until…. I read RAFA, his autobiography and that was the time when it became clear to me why Nadal has comeback the way he has.



For people who haven't read it, it's a book full of wisdom and inspiration for mortal tennis fans like me,  depicting in his own words the reasons for  his success. To me, more than that, it is a recipe handed to us to ensure that if we do want to succeed in our lives, we can use it blindly and be rest assured that we will reach the top.

So what is the recipe:

Concentration and Discipline are the key ingredients of his recipe.

Rafa emphasizes that you have to ensure that you don't lose concentration at any time
as losing concentration in his case would mean that he would not be able to do continuously what he knows will enable him to reach the top.eg: hitting every shot to Federer's backhand or   never even once erring from his routine during the seven months of layoff.

 "Being concentrated means that you have to keep doing what you know you will have to do to succeed , never changing your plan because of any ups or downs, unless in exceptional circumstances which means to spring a surprise. " - Rafael Nadal

Second most important ingredient is discipline which enables you to fight off the temptations and frustration which might arise at various moments in life. During his layoff, People started talking about a possible doping ban on him or his supposed fear of losing on a hard-court being the main reason for backing out of Australian Open. He could have been deterred but he chose to focus on what he knows best : Hard work and discipline . Wasn't it tempting for him to return in Australian open 2013 to silence all his critics? Yes, but still he chose to not be rash in his decision and took his time to come back when he was fully sure of his knees and knew that he can win again.

"Even though it might seem like a chance to put the pressure on and seize the initiative, continue doing what is best in the long run. Endurance means disciplines, it means holding back the temptation in life to go for broke. Fighting that temptation means keeping your impatience or frustration in check." - Rafael Nadal

Reading his book ( although I am still reading it) has given me an insight which seems simple but yet the most effective weapon that we can have in our arsenal. The beautiful way Rafa has described endurance and it's key ingredients ( Concentration and Discipline) is well worth the effort for anyone to apply in their life. It's a simple plan for Rafa and for us to succeed in life but we are always on the lookout for complicated, failing to realize that complicated plans never work. It's often the simple ones which leads you to success. To end this article,


"You have to  be centered, no distractions, do what you have to do in each moment. Be alert, Be patient and don't be rash." - Rafael Nadal

Also:

Rafael Nadal - The Momentum Rider


Without a Leg - Handicapped or Empowered?


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Rafael Nadal's Secret behind His Successful Comeback





"How can someone who should be double break down in a set goes on to save 3 BP on his service again only to win the set 6-4?" If you don't know the answer, just watch the third set of US Open final this year and you will find the answer. Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly the greatest fighter tennis has ever seen till date. How can he do what he did, winning US Open 2013 emphatically?  Here is the answer..

"Endurance - That’s a big word. Keep going physically, never letting up and putting up with everything that comes your way, not allowing the good or the bad , the ups and downs, good luck or bad luck - to put you off track.  - Rafa Nadal wrote in his autobiography Rafa on the definition of endurance.

Many people have always wondered and been amazed at the brilliant comeback of Rafael Nadal after a seven month layoff. Historically when players have been away from their sport for so long, their comeback has often been marred with lapses of form and lack of ability to reach back to the top.

It becomes even more important in case of Nadal who is currently competing in the toughest era in tennis esp. with the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Still the seven month absence didn't even put a speck on his performance, if anything he has bounced back with even more fierceness and determination to succeed.

His record speaks for itself and apart from winning French Open title 8th time in his career, he has also emerged as the best hard court player this year with a 21-0 win loss record. I was myself amazed and left in disbelief at what he has accomplished until…. I read RAFA, his autobiography and that was the time when it became clear to me why Nadal has comeback the way he has.



For people who haven't read it, it's a book full of wisdom and inspiration for mortal tennis fans like me,  depicting in his own words the reasons for  his success. To me, more than that, it is a recipe handed to us to ensure that if we do want to succeed in our lives, we can use it blindly and be rest assured that we will reach the top.

So what is the recipe:

Concentration and Discipline are the key ingredients of his recipe.

Rafa emphasizes that you have to ensure that you don't lose concentration at any time
as losing concentration in his case would mean that he would not be able to do continuously what he knows will enable him to reach the top.eg: hitting every shot to Federer's backhand or   never even once erring from his routine during the seven months of layoff.

 "Being concentrated means that you have to keep doing what you know you will have to do to succeed , never changing your plan because of any ups or downs, unless in exceptional circumstances which means to spring a surprise. " - Rafael Nadal

Second most important ingredient is discipline which enables you to fight off the temptations and frustration which might arise at various moments in life. During his layoff, People started talking about a possible doping ban on him or his supposed fear of losing on a hard-court being the main reason for backing out of Australian Open. He could have been deterred but he chose to focus on what he knows best : Hard work and discipline . Wasn't it tempting for him to return in Australian open 2013 to silence all his critics? Yes, but still he chose to not be rash in his decision and took his time to come back when he was fully sure of his knees and knew that he can win again.

"Even though it might seem like a chance to put the pressure on and seize the initiative, continue doing what is best in the long run. Endurance means disciplines, it means holding back the temptation in life to go for broke. Fighting that temptation means keeping your impatience or frustration in check." - Rafael Nadal

Reading his book ( although I am still reading it) has given me an insight which seems simple but yet the most effective weapon that we can have in our arsenal. The beautiful way Rafa has described endurance and it's key ingredients ( Concentration and Discipline) is well worth the effort for anyone to apply in their life. It's a simple plan for Rafa and for us to succeed in life but we are always on the lookout for complicated, failing to realize that complicated plans never work. It's often the simple ones which leads you to success. To end this article,


"You have to  be centered, no distractions, do what you have to do in each moment. Be alert, Be patient and don't be rash." - Rafael Nadal

Also:

Rafael Nadal - The Momentum Rider


Without a Leg - Handicapped or Empowered?


These stories are shared on this blog to inspire you to follow your goals/dreams. If you have a dream and you never want to quit, Join this blog (or follow our Facebook /Google+/Twitter ) page. Always remember before you quit, think about why you started.



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It was 40 - 30 in the second set and Roger Federer was one point away from winning his service game. Rafael Nadal had already lost the first set and was looking completely outplayed by the brilliance of Federer's versatile game. Many people were surprised to see Nadal just hanging in there in the match failing to realize the most important point in any sport or life in general. But Nadal knew it, in fact  to my eyes, he is an epitome of the very particular characteristic we are going to talk about in this article.

Rafael Nadal hung in there to make sure that no matter how exquisite Federer's shot-making was, he would not let Federer build on his momentum. So when the score line became 40-40, he knew he was just two points away from clinching the second set. He could sense the tightness in Federer's serve and he clinched the moment  He won the set 6-4. At that point he knew that the tide had shifted in his favor.

Just those two points and the direction of the wind had changed.  Normally people tend to relax at this moment but Rafael Nadal is not one of them. He went on to win seven consecutive points and quickly the score line read 3-0 in his favor. In the blink of an eye, to what seemed to be Federer's match, Nadal had overturned the tables and pocketed the crucial break in the match.

This is the most important point to be observed in Nadal's game.  He rides on the momentum built by him and crushes the opponent after he gets a  chance. His biggest strength I believe is the fact that he never lets anyone build on the momentum by hanging in here  and when he himself wins a crucial game, he makes sure that he comes back with more fierceness than that of a raging tiger.  His tenacity and fire in the eyes is so strong that often times, the opponent is left dazzled by the intensity of his play and ultimately goes on to lose the match.

 "Success requires first expending ten units of effort to produce one unit of results. Your momentum will then produce ten units of results with each unit of effort.".

So if you observe here, Nadal gave everything when he was two points away from winning the second set and once he had won it, he went on to quickly break Federer by riding on the momentum gained by those two points. Federer could have played better at the start of the third set, but it was obvious by his body language and shots that he was still thinking about the second set and what could have been if only he could have not let Rafa win those two points? By the time, Roger Federer woke up and decided to fight, it was already 4-1.

But when Rafael Nadal lost the first set, what did he do? He made sure that Federer did not get away on his momentum and hung in there.  I believe that building on the momentum and sustaining it is the biggest weapon of Rafael Nadal. Not to forget, how Nadal makes sure that when the other person is about to get into a fast ride by earning a break on his serve, he comes back with double intensity to ensure that he halts their progress right just when it would seem to take a flight.


I believe here is a very important lesson for all of us to learn from Nadal's game. Life is also like a game of sport where in we will be faced with obstacles. There will be people who will try to halt our progress in whatever we do. Our goal should be to hang in there tight enough knowing pretty well that no matter how big the hurdle is, we will reach to a point where we can shift the tide by doubling in the intensity of our efforts. Once we have done that, all that we have do is to make sure that we keep riding on this momentum by keeping our focus on our goals like an aeroplane which needs power and thrust to gain momentum to fly and once it is air borne, it has to sustain its momentum otherwise it will fall. 

Or in other words, if we look at the example of train travelling at a speed of 30 MPH and 130 MPH. If you keep a pile of rocks in front of their path, the second train with 130 MPH will break the rocks and carry on its path whereas the 30 MPH train will be stopped. So if you want to succeed in life, build on the momentum like the 130 MPH train and you will break the biggest of the barriers in life.


Right now Nadal is riding on the same train where no opponent or rival seems big enough to him. Be it Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer or the big servers like John Isner, Nadal has continued to ride on the momentum that he gained at the start of the year and is currently 53-3 with regards to his match record this year, has won mind-blowing  nine titles in 11 finals over five months span. Any guesses, who will be the strongest contender to win the US Open this year? :):)


If you have any questions, you can mail me at [email protected]

Rafael Nadal - The Maestro of Patience and Work Ethic



Rafael Nadal - The Momentum Rider



It was 40 - 30 in the second set and Roger Federer was one point away from winning his service game. Rafael Nadal had already lost the first set and was looking completely outplayed by the brilliance of Federer's versatile game. Many people were surprised to see Nadal just hanging in there in the match failing to realize the most important point in any sport or life in general. But Nadal knew it, in fact  to my eyes, he is an epitome of the very particular characteristic we are going to talk about in this article.

Rafael Nadal hung in there to make sure that no matter how exquisite Federer's shot-making was, he would not let Federer build on his momentum. So when the score line became 40-40, he knew he was just two points away from clinching the second set. He could sense the tightness in Federer's serve and he clinched the moment  He won the set 6-4. At that point he knew that the tide had shifted in his favor.

Just those two points and the direction of the wind had changed.  Normally people tend to relax at this moment but Rafael Nadal is not one of them. He went on to win seven consecutive points and quickly the score line read 3-0 in his favor. In the blink of an eye, to what seemed to be Federer's match, Nadal had overturned the tables and pocketed the crucial break in the match.

This is the most important point to be observed in Nadal's game.  He rides on the momentum built by him and crushes the opponent after he gets a  chance. His biggest strength I believe is the fact that he never lets anyone build on the momentum by hanging in here  and when he himself wins a crucial game, he makes sure that he comes back with more fierceness than that of a raging tiger.  His tenacity and fire in the eyes is so strong that often times, the opponent is left dazzled by the intensity of his play and ultimately goes on to lose the match.

 "Success requires first expending ten units of effort to produce one unit of results. Your momentum will then produce ten units of results with each unit of effort.".

So if you observe here, Nadal gave everything when he was two points away from winning the second set and once he had won it, he went on to quickly break Federer by riding on the momentum gained by those two points. Federer could have played better at the start of the third set, but it was obvious by his body language and shots that he was still thinking about the second set and what could have been if only he could have not let Rafa win those two points? By the time, Roger Federer woke up and decided to fight, it was already 4-1.

But when Rafael Nadal lost the first set, what did he do? He made sure that Federer did not get away on his momentum and hung in there.  I believe that building on the momentum and sustaining it is the biggest weapon of Rafael Nadal. Not to forget, how Nadal makes sure that when the other person is about to get into a fast ride by earning a break on his serve, he comes back with double intensity to ensure that he halts their progress right just when it would seem to take a flight.


I believe here is a very important lesson for all of us to learn from Nadal's game. Life is also like a game of sport where in we will be faced with obstacles. There will be people who will try to halt our progress in whatever we do. Our goal should be to hang in there tight enough knowing pretty well that no matter how big the hurdle is, we will reach to a point where we can shift the tide by doubling in the intensity of our efforts. Once we have done that, all that we have do is to make sure that we keep riding on this momentum by keeping our focus on our goals like an aeroplane which needs power and thrust to gain momentum to fly and once it is air borne, it has to sustain its momentum otherwise it will fall. 

Or in other words, if we look at the example of train travelling at a speed of 30 MPH and 130 MPH. If you keep a pile of rocks in front of their path, the second train with 130 MPH will break the rocks and carry on its path whereas the 30 MPH train will be stopped. So if you want to succeed in life, build on the momentum like the 130 MPH train and you will break the biggest of the barriers in life.


Right now Nadal is riding on the same train where no opponent or rival seems big enough to him. Be it Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer or the big servers like John Isner, Nadal has continued to ride on the momentum that he gained at the start of the year and is currently 53-3 with regards to his match record this year, has won mind-blowing  nine titles in 11 finals over five months span. Any guesses, who will be the strongest contender to win the US Open this year? :):)


If you have any questions, you can mail me at [email protected]

Rafael Nadal - The Maestro of Patience and Work Ethic





Today Tomas Berdych defeated Roger Federer in 4 sets at  US Open. Although most people think that Berdych played well but fedfans will agree with me, Federer looked out of sorts today. 

These are main three reasons in my book why Federer lost the  match today:

Walkover by Mardy Fish: Just like last year when Djokovic got a walkover in French Open and ended up losing, Federer also ended up with the same fate. He was completely out of sorts and looked unsettled right from the start. He failed to maintain the lead in the first set and since then Berdych was all over him except the latter half of the third set. It was clear that 4 days break actually had taken away his timing and he was not the vintage Roger we were used to seeing. He did give us glimpses but was not consistent today.

Unforced Errors: He did 40 unforced errors as compared to 21 of Berdych. Not only this, today he came to net very less as compared to his previous matches. Just a mere 30 times as compared to 40+ times he came in his previous matches.

Andy Roddick Effect: I know this might be contentious but I think and strongly believe that Roddick's retirement might have an effect on him coming out rattled and not focused towards the match. If a close rival who started his career at a similar time like you, someone with whom you have shared memories and epic battles, someone who has been player of your generation finally retires, it does make you a bit somber and reflect back on those past days. I think Roddick's emotional exit did have an impact on his mind and it was clear the erratic way he was playing today.

Nevertheless I still believe that the champion he is, he will be back strongly. He has always said he is a very positive person and I am sure he will go back and reflect back upon this loss to inspire him back to win his 18th Grand Slam.

"There maybe tough moments maybe for, you know, an hour or a couple of days potentially, but life goes on and you get a second chance." - Roger Federer

The Mysterious Loss of Roger Federer at US Open.



Today Tomas Berdych defeated Roger Federer in 4 sets at  US Open. Although most people think that Berdych played well but fedfans will agree with me, Federer looked out of sorts today. 

These are main three reasons in my book why Federer lost the  match today:

Walkover by Mardy Fish: Just like last year when Djokovic got a walkover in French Open and ended up losing, Federer also ended up with the same fate. He was completely out of sorts and looked unsettled right from the start. He failed to maintain the lead in the first set and since then Berdych was all over him except the latter half of the third set. It was clear that 4 days break actually had taken away his timing and he was not the vintage Roger we were used to seeing. He did give us glimpses but was not consistent today.

Unforced Errors: He did 40 unforced errors as compared to 21 of Berdych. Not only this, today he came to net very less as compared to his previous matches. Just a mere 30 times as compared to 40+ times he came in his previous matches.

Andy Roddick Effect: I know this might be contentious but I think and strongly believe that Roddick's retirement might have an effect on him coming out rattled and not focused towards the match. If a close rival who started his career at a similar time like you, someone with whom you have shared memories and epic battles, someone who has been player of your generation finally retires, it does make you a bit somber and reflect back on those past days. I think Roddick's emotional exit did have an impact on his mind and it was clear the erratic way he was playing today.

Nevertheless I still believe that the champion he is, he will be back strongly. He has always said he is a very positive person and I am sure he will go back and reflect back upon this loss to inspire him back to win his 18th Grand Slam.

"There maybe tough moments maybe for, you know, an hour or a couple of days potentially, but life goes on and you get a second chance." - Roger Federer




It has been an amazing 10 days of mesmerizing tennis played on the grandest stage of tennis, Australian Open. And now we have come to the showdown which the entire tennis world was hoping for since the start of this tournament. It’s going to be a FEDAL battle just like 2009 finals at AO!

More than the final on the line, it will be a battle of minds too. Federer will be eager to stamp his authority and prove to the world that he can defeat Nadal at Grand Slams too. Until now the record is 2-7 for him. But with the renewed confidence of player who finished 2011 on a 17-match winning streak after winning titles in Basel, Paris and the ATP World Tour Finals, he will be raring to go and continue his winning streak. Whereas Nadal will be determined to reach his second Australian Open Final and not let the mental advantage he holds against Federer go by.

Federer is playing the best tennis of his career as was evident during the clinical demolition of young Tomic and Del Potro. Nadal on the other hand has slowly but steadily risen to his old lethal form and if the last two sets of his QF is to be taken into account, there is no doubt that tomorrow’s battle promises to be one of the toughest in the history of tennis.

Let’s take a look at the career and game stats (at AO) until now!

Career Stats
Federer
Nadal
Current Ranking
3
2
Head to Head Record
9
17
Grand Slam Record
2
7
Australian Open Record
0
1
Hard Court Record
5
4
Game Stats
Federer
Nadal
1st Serve %
60
72
Aces
41
23
Unforced Errors
96
94
Winning % on 1st Serve
83
80
Winning % on 2nd Serve
62
55
Winners
181
182
Receiving Points Won %
44
44
Break Point Conversions
51
44
  
Nadal has won 80% of his first serve points with only 94 unforced errors in 4 matches. He has 182 winners and has made 72% of his first serve in. This will be a sign of worry for Federer- if he has to win tomorrow; he will have to come out firing winners.

Federer in turn has hit 181 winners (he has played one match less than Nadal) and 41 aces. His receiving points won are same as Nadal- 44%. This is what Nadal will have to be careful about: Not let Federer break his serve as with such strong serve, Federer will need only one break to win the set.

Rafael Nadal: “So I will keep fighting with positive attitude.  But if I play like the third or fourth set, hopefully I will have my chances.”

Roger Federer: I'd like to play Rafa because of our great epic match earlier in the finals here a few years ago.  I'd like to get a chance to play him again here.  It's going to be more athletic and tougher. I'm ready for that."


Overall it will be a fascinating encounter to watch these two athletes give their best to leave a mark on the history. Who knows tomorrow history repeats itself and Federer does to Nadal what Nadal did to Federer in 2009 AO epic final?


If you have any questions- You can mail me at [email protected]http://twitter.com/#!/ApekshaHA or http://on.fb.me/pouTOy


Federer/Nadal Epic Semi- Final - What do Australian Open Stats Indicate?- Part 1




It has been an amazing 10 days of mesmerizing tennis played on the grandest stage of tennis, Australian Open. And now we have come to the showdown which the entire tennis world was hoping for since the start of this tournament. It’s going to be a FEDAL battle just like 2009 finals at AO!

More than the final on the line, it will be a battle of minds too. Federer will be eager to stamp his authority and prove to the world that he can defeat Nadal at Grand Slams too. Until now the record is 2-7 for him. But with the renewed confidence of player who finished 2011 on a 17-match winning streak after winning titles in Basel, Paris and the ATP World Tour Finals, he will be raring to go and continue his winning streak. Whereas Nadal will be determined to reach his second Australian Open Final and not let the mental advantage he holds against Federer go by.

Federer is playing the best tennis of his career as was evident during the clinical demolition of young Tomic and Del Potro. Nadal on the other hand has slowly but steadily risen to his old lethal form and if the last two sets of his QF is to be taken into account, there is no doubt that tomorrow’s battle promises to be one of the toughest in the history of tennis.

Let’s take a look at the career and game stats (at AO) until now!

Career Stats
Federer
Nadal
Current Ranking
3
2
Head to Head Record
9
17
Grand Slam Record
2
7
Australian Open Record
0
1
Hard Court Record
5
4
Game Stats
Federer
Nadal
1st Serve %
60
72
Aces
41
23
Unforced Errors
96
94
Winning % on 1st Serve
83
80
Winning % on 2nd Serve
62
55
Winners
181
182
Receiving Points Won %
44
44
Break Point Conversions
51
44
  
Nadal has won 80% of his first serve points with only 94 unforced errors in 4 matches. He has 182 winners and has made 72% of his first serve in. This will be a sign of worry for Federer- if he has to win tomorrow; he will have to come out firing winners.

Federer in turn has hit 181 winners (he has played one match less than Nadal) and 41 aces. His receiving points won are same as Nadal- 44%. This is what Nadal will have to be careful about: Not let Federer break his serve as with such strong serve, Federer will need only one break to win the set.

Rafael Nadal: “So I will keep fighting with positive attitude.  But if I play like the third or fourth set, hopefully I will have my chances.”

Roger Federer: I'd like to play Rafa because of our great epic match earlier in the finals here a few years ago.  I'd like to get a chance to play him again here.  It's going to be more athletic and tougher. I'm ready for that."


Overall it will be a fascinating encounter to watch these two athletes give their best to leave a mark on the history. Who knows tomorrow history repeats itself and Federer does to Nadal what Nadal did to Federer in 2009 AO epic final?


If you have any questions- You can mail me at [email protected]http://twitter.com/#!/ApekshaHA or http://on.fb.me/pouTOy