The extraordinary Rafael Nadal: Nerves are not steel


Nadal coming to tennis and being as great as it is today is inherently extraordinary. If normal, Nadal as previously speculated that his knee, which was old with a serious injury, could not continue running after 2010.

If normal as other tennis players, the most beautiful career lasted less than 10 consecutive years, because even talented people like Pete Sampras had to stop before reaching that limit.

Nobody else, not even Federer or Nadal, is the first person to later reach the top 10-year cycle. Nadal was crowned Grand Slam for the first time in 2005, and continued until 2014.

Nadal is also one of the very few players who have crossed the top 10-year limit, even though he is not the first to win the Grand Slam after reaching the age of 30.

Looking back at the numbers, it should be about the same size as Agassi, the American legend who won the first and last Grand Slam 11 years apart. As Pete Sampras is 12 years.

As for Jimmy Connors is extremely persistent (holds the record for 1274 wins, 1557 matches, and 109 titles), only 6 years are really top.

But such extraordinary Nadal was not a man with steel nerves. Or just before. And now, Nadal recently missed the chance to conquer ATP Finals 2020, after losing to Medvedev, even though he was given the ball to end the match right after 2 sets.

That same tournament, Nadal lost to Thiem in both tiebreaks – one of the most standard metrics for holiness in tennis, from kicks to psychology.

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