Showing posts with label Rafael Nadal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rafael Nadal. Show all posts


"Your playing hand has just been taped because of blisters, it's bleeding and paining. "

What will you do if you will have to go out and serve?

Probably you will still be feeling that pain and not able to play with full force or maybe play at your 50% potential.

That's what generally majority of the players would have done. But this scenario did not happen today. Instead three aces  were dished out consecutively. How did this happen?

This is because the player in question was none other than Rafael Nadal. A blistering hand, stunning shotmaking from his opponent and trailing behind 2-4 in the second set and 4-5 in the third set, still Rafael Nadal was able to ease his way out of the match in straight sets.

The analysis can be read anywhere but what really spiked up my interest was the ability of Rafael Nadal to overcome such difficult situations in the match.  He was 2-4 down and still won the second set 5-7 even though Kei Nishikori was the better player for the majority of the set. Even with blisters in his left hand, he chased each and every ball with the ferocity of a tiger, he hit each and every shot faster than the speed of his opponent's shots, and stood his ground irrespective of the barrage of winners that were thrown at him from the other end.

What made this match even more interesting was the way Rafael Nadal handled the tough situations. Even down at 4-5 in the third set, he broke Kei Nishikori back again with ease to level the third set at 5-5 and then won the set 7-6.

This match clearly showed why Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly the toughest player on the tennis circuit.  It's not easy to break down his mental toughness and it was clearly evident in today's match. For me, it was stunning to see how  quickly he was able to recover from a break down and still go on to emerge the winner at the end after every downward curve. It was not just once or twice but it was in every set. In life, every time we have been down, how many times do we get up and face the situation with full force having belief in your abilities, confident that you will come out on top?

That's what you learn from this champion, that you get down and you get up, you get down again but you get up again and so on.Once you learn the craft of embracing the challenges and knock downs that come through your way in matches or life, you have to know fully well that hanging in there, giving your 100% will eventually knock out any tough situation that you may be in . That's what Rafael Nadal does the best and in my mind there is no player who can surpass this champion when it comes to getting up from the constant knockdowns that may come in their way.

That is why they say,

"It does not matter whether you get knocked down or not, what matters is whether you got up."


So next time, there is a challenge in your life, get up and face it up like Rafael Nadal.

If you have any questions, you can contact me via twitter or facebook or my e-mail: [email protected]


Rafael Nadal - The Warrior at Heart



"Your playing hand has just been taped because of blisters, it's bleeding and paining. "

What will you do if you will have to go out and serve?

Probably you will still be feeling that pain and not able to play with full force or maybe play at your 50% potential.

That's what generally majority of the players would have done. But this scenario did not happen today. Instead three aces  were dished out consecutively. How did this happen?

This is because the player in question was none other than Rafael Nadal. A blistering hand, stunning shotmaking from his opponent and trailing behind 2-4 in the second set and 4-5 in the third set, still Rafael Nadal was able to ease his way out of the match in straight sets.

The analysis can be read anywhere but what really spiked up my interest was the ability of Rafael Nadal to overcome such difficult situations in the match.  He was 2-4 down and still won the second set 5-7 even though Kei Nishikori was the better player for the majority of the set. Even with blisters in his left hand, he chased each and every ball with the ferocity of a tiger, he hit each and every shot faster than the speed of his opponent's shots, and stood his ground irrespective of the barrage of winners that were thrown at him from the other end.

What made this match even more interesting was the way Rafael Nadal handled the tough situations. Even down at 4-5 in the third set, he broke Kei Nishikori back again with ease to level the third set at 5-5 and then won the set 7-6.

This match clearly showed why Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly the toughest player on the tennis circuit.  It's not easy to break down his mental toughness and it was clearly evident in today's match. For me, it was stunning to see how  quickly he was able to recover from a break down and still go on to emerge the winner at the end after every downward curve. It was not just once or twice but it was in every set. In life, every time we have been down, how many times do we get up and face the situation with full force having belief in your abilities, confident that you will come out on top?

That's what you learn from this champion, that you get down and you get up, you get down again but you get up again and so on.Once you learn the craft of embracing the challenges and knock downs that come through your way in matches or life, you have to know fully well that hanging in there, giving your 100% will eventually knock out any tough situation that you may be in . That's what Rafael Nadal does the best and in my mind there is no player who can surpass this champion when it comes to getting up from the constant knockdowns that may come in their way.

That is why they say,

"It does not matter whether you get knocked down or not, what matters is whether you got up."


So next time, there is a challenge in your life, get up and face it up like Rafael Nadal.

If you have any questions, you can contact me via twitter or facebook or my e-mail: [email protected]





"Your age is just a number. It should never hinder you from accomplishing your goals."

This is a quote we have heard  multiple times and yet, we don't restrain ourselves from making judgments about our lives and even better, other's lives. Many critics have been vociferous in their opinion about whether Roger Federer should have retired or not at this stage of his life. Many people have already written him off and never leave a chance to downplay his game.

To them, I want to ask a simple question:

Since when have the so called critics started predicting the future of any player or person so correctly?

Just one year back, the same so called critics were finding it hard to believe that Rafael Nadal can even make a  comeback after his injuries and now one year later, they are calling him perhaps the greatest player ever in tennis.

It is not only about tennis, if we look at any field, critics and people have always tried to downplay anyone in the society who has tried to defy the norms.

~ When a 75 year old man tried to complete the hottest ultra-marthon of the year, people didn't believe he will be able to do it.

~ When at the age of 38,  Károly Takács tried to win the Olympics Gold Medal with his left hand ( as his right hand was badly injured), nobody believed he can do it.

~ When the first time, it was thought that two people can talk to each other sitting miles away from each other, it was considered out rightly impossible. And yet telephone was invented.


I can go on and on about examples of people defying the norms, going against what people/critics thought as irrational and still in the end coming out victorious and more satisfied in their goals. So people might go on and on about why Federer should retire and stand no chance, I believe the only person that should take this decision is Roger Federer himself and no one else.

The question that we need to ask ourselves is can future be really predicted? No, it can never be but what is more important is that people should follow their own passion and what they believe in. Even in your own lives, people will come and tell you that it is not possible and it is foolish to continue this path. More often than not, it is not about how many people think you can do it, in the end it is only you who is more than enough to make your dream become a reality.

The same is true with Roger Federer. It's his belief that matters at this stage.  Why? Because

"The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen."

This is what the great champion had to say in an interview when people inquired about his retirement ( courtesy a friend who pointed out this to me)


When i was starting my career, lot of people doubted me. They saw the talent but werent sure if i will win any. But he believed in myself. I am almost in a similar place now but i believe that i can win and so i will keep playing and keep trying.



 If Ken Rosewall could have won  grand slams at an age of 35, 36 and 37, I see no reason why Roger Federer cannot go on and win his 18th Grand Slam at 32. 

PS: Yes, people will talk about his failures and disappointments of past year as reasons for his retirement, in my next post, I will address this age old question as to why failures should never be considered as a sign to quit. Stay tuned:).

 

If you have any questions, you can contact me via twitter or facebook or my e-mail: [email protected]

Roger Federer and The Much Hyped Age Factor




"Your age is just a number. It should never hinder you from accomplishing your goals."

This is a quote we have heard  multiple times and yet, we don't restrain ourselves from making judgments about our lives and even better, other's lives. Many critics have been vociferous in their opinion about whether Roger Federer should have retired or not at this stage of his life. Many people have already written him off and never leave a chance to downplay his game.

To them, I want to ask a simple question:

Since when have the so called critics started predicting the future of any player or person so correctly?

Just one year back, the same so called critics were finding it hard to believe that Rafael Nadal can even make a  comeback after his injuries and now one year later, they are calling him perhaps the greatest player ever in tennis.

It is not only about tennis, if we look at any field, critics and people have always tried to downplay anyone in the society who has tried to defy the norms.

~ When a 75 year old man tried to complete the hottest ultra-marthon of the year, people didn't believe he will be able to do it.

~ When at the age of 38,  Károly Takács tried to win the Olympics Gold Medal with his left hand ( as his right hand was badly injured), nobody believed he can do it.

~ When the first time, it was thought that two people can talk to each other sitting miles away from each other, it was considered out rightly impossible. And yet telephone was invented.


I can go on and on about examples of people defying the norms, going against what people/critics thought as irrational and still in the end coming out victorious and more satisfied in their goals. So people might go on and on about why Federer should retire and stand no chance, I believe the only person that should take this decision is Roger Federer himself and no one else.

The question that we need to ask ourselves is can future be really predicted? No, it can never be but what is more important is that people should follow their own passion and what they believe in. Even in your own lives, people will come and tell you that it is not possible and it is foolish to continue this path. More often than not, it is not about how many people think you can do it, in the end it is only you who is more than enough to make your dream become a reality.

The same is true with Roger Federer. It's his belief that matters at this stage.  Why? Because

"The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen."

This is what the great champion had to say in an interview when people inquired about his retirement ( courtesy a friend who pointed out this to me)


When i was starting my career, lot of people doubted me. They saw the talent but werent sure if i will win any. But he believed in myself. I am almost in a similar place now but i believe that i can win and so i will keep playing and keep trying.



 If Ken Rosewall could have won  grand slams at an age of 35, 36 and 37, I see no reason why Roger Federer cannot go on and win his 18th Grand Slam at 32. 

PS: Yes, people will talk about his failures and disappointments of past year as reasons for his retirement, in my next post, I will address this age old question as to why failures should never be considered as a sign to quit. Stay tuned:).

 

If you have any questions, you can contact me via twitter or facebook or my e-mail: [email protected]




"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.



Your comments are welcome and you can mail me at [email protected]

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.



Your comments are welcome and you can mail me at [email protected]


"I was born in a small country that has gone through difficult times in last few decades. It was during these periods of hardships that sports became an integral part of life. Everything changed for me when I saw Pete Sampras triumphed at Wimbledon. He became by idol and I dreamt to be just like him to be no. 1 tennis player in the world. It took me 13 years to achieve my goal. It was a long journey."

As I listened to Novak Djokovic speech at UN today on importance of sports for peace and development, I was taken away by the power of these simple lines spoken by this great champion on his life's journey. For people who doesn't know about his past, here are few refreshers. During the NATO bombing of Serbia, Djokovic and other young Serbian players used to practic in a drained swimming pool. He used to wake up at 3 a.m. in the night feeling uncertain about what the next day would bring and lived in constant fear of lives and many more other incidents.

So the million dollar question that comes up is then how did Novak Djokovic made it to the top of the throne inspite of such hardships and challenges. Was it luck, destiny or there was more to it? The way I see it, the recipe for success in case of Djokovic has been simple and can be easily broken in 4 steps:

  1. Goal Setting: If we read the above statement, it is clear that at the age of 4 itself, Djokovic had a clear goal and dream of following his role model ( Pete Sampras) and becoming Wimbledon Champion and no.1 in the world.

  2. Visualization: A little is known about the power of this technique which is also currently being used by many players in sports. When Djokovic was introduced to his first tennis coach in life,  Jelena Gencic , little did he know that he will be taught probably the most powerful technique in the world.  Djokovic would spent hours listening to Bach, Mozart and Beethoven and visualize  in his mind the images of winning Wimbledon and becoming the best player in the world.
  3. Hard Work and Self-belief: At the age of 12, Djokovic had a tough decision to make. Either stay in Serbia with his family  or go to Germany to play tennis. Staying in Serbia meant to forego his tennis career as it was impossible to train in  such harsh conditions of poverty and uncertainty . So he chose the latter one , thus separated from his family to go to Germany and started living on his own . He chose the life of hard work instead of easy one to make sure that he achieved his goals.
  4. Never give up: I believe the most important line in the starting statement of the article by Nole is that  it took him 13 years to achieve his goal. During this he faced hurdles and barriers deemed impossible by many. Still he never gave up on his dreams and continued to suffer, improve, adapt in order to make his dreams come true. This I think separates a champion from the rest of the field because a champion falls down seven times but gets up eight times to continue on his dreams.

As they say, you are who you are because of the choices that you make. Djokovic became who he is today because of the steps that he took since he was 4 years old. It took him 20 years to win his first Wimbledon title. Things were not easy but he still persisted. How many of us actually take the time down to write down our goals in life? Even if we have goals, most of us haven't even visualized ourselves achieving those goals. With constant hardships and obstacles, 90 percent times, we lose hope and start giving reasons for why we failed. It’s time to buckle up your shoes, get the dreams out of your closet and start working hard keeping in mind the eternal fact in life that resistance and hurdles are bound to come as without resistance, even the birds cannot fly  (the universal law of nature).

Today Novak Djokovic is not only Wolrd No.1 in the world but also  was the first player to break the dominance of Fedal. He not  only went on to achieve his goal of winning Wimbledon title in 2011 but also continues to inspire many fans around the world with his charm and work ethics. If I have to summarize his learnings in one sentence, I will just say:


"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work" - Colin Powell.


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

Lessons to learn from Novak Djokovic



"I was born in a small country that has gone through difficult times in last few decades. It was during these periods of hardships that sports became an integral part of life. Everything changed for me when I saw Pete Sampras triumphed at Wimbledon. He became by idol and I dreamt to be just like him to be no. 1 tennis player in the world. It took me 13 years to achieve my goal. It was a long journey."

As I listened to Novak Djokovic speech at UN today on importance of sports for peace and development, I was taken away by the power of these simple lines spoken by this great champion on his life's journey. For people who doesn't know about his past, here are few refreshers. During the NATO bombing of Serbia, Djokovic and other young Serbian players used to practic in a drained swimming pool. He used to wake up at 3 a.m. in the night feeling uncertain about what the next day would bring and lived in constant fear of lives and many more other incidents.

So the million dollar question that comes up is then how did Novak Djokovic made it to the top of the throne inspite of such hardships and challenges. Was it luck, destiny or there was more to it? The way I see it, the recipe for success in case of Djokovic has been simple and can be easily broken in 4 steps:

  1. Goal Setting: If we read the above statement, it is clear that at the age of 4 itself, Djokovic had a clear goal and dream of following his role model ( Pete Sampras) and becoming Wimbledon Champion and no.1 in the world.

  2. Visualization: A little is known about the power of this technique which is also currently being used by many players in sports. When Djokovic was introduced to his first tennis coach in life,  Jelena Gencic , little did he know that he will be taught probably the most powerful technique in the world.  Djokovic would spent hours listening to Bach, Mozart and Beethoven and visualize  in his mind the images of winning Wimbledon and becoming the best player in the world.
  3. Hard Work and Self-belief: At the age of 12, Djokovic had a tough decision to make. Either stay in Serbia with his family  or go to Germany to play tennis. Staying in Serbia meant to forego his tennis career as it was impossible to train in  such harsh conditions of poverty and uncertainty . So he chose the latter one , thus separated from his family to go to Germany and started living on his own . He chose the life of hard work instead of easy one to make sure that he achieved his goals.
  4. Never give up: I believe the most important line in the starting statement of the article by Nole is that  it took him 13 years to achieve his goal. During this he faced hurdles and barriers deemed impossible by many. Still he never gave up on his dreams and continued to suffer, improve, adapt in order to make his dreams come true. This I think separates a champion from the rest of the field because a champion falls down seven times but gets up eight times to continue on his dreams.

As they say, you are who you are because of the choices that you make. Djokovic became who he is today because of the steps that he took since he was 4 years old. It took him 20 years to win his first Wimbledon title. Things were not easy but he still persisted. How many of us actually take the time down to write down our goals in life? Even if we have goals, most of us haven't even visualized ourselves achieving those goals. With constant hardships and obstacles, 90 percent times, we lose hope and start giving reasons for why we failed. It’s time to buckle up your shoes, get the dreams out of your closet and start working hard keeping in mind the eternal fact in life that resistance and hurdles are bound to come as without resistance, even the birds cannot fly  (the universal law of nature).

Today Novak Djokovic is not only Wolrd No.1 in the world but also  was the first player to break the dominance of Fedal. He not  only went on to achieve his goal of winning Wimbledon title in 2011 but also continues to inspire many fans around the world with his charm and work ethics. If I have to summarize his learnings in one sentence, I will just say:


"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work" - Colin Powell.


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