What we can learn from Rafael Nadal

Persist - don't take no for an answer - David Rubenstein(Rovo intern)

It is in the art of persistence that Rafael Nadal has a lot to teach us, or rather, to illustrate to us, for the very knowledge that one needs to persist is too self-evident, it becomes so hard for one to implement. The missing key to this lack of am inability to implement such basic knowledge, is the pondering of the results of someone who has successfully overcame such resistance to implementation. One such person hugely relevant to whoever may be reading is Rafael Nadal - in fact he is the best example of the possibility of the human will and passion to overcome such resistance. In fact, so complete is this drive and ability to persist towards his goals in Nadal, that it consumes almost every facet of his appearance, and most possibly also his existence. How so, you may wonder, your curiosity piqued by the weird abstraction of this seemingly pointless excessive elaboration. Read on to find out.

Nadal's game style is a function of his persistence

Nadal's game style cannot be understood without understanding his character. His character shaped and shapes his game style. The reason for his dogged counterpunching, the compulsion and ability to run for impossible-to-retrieve shots, and even his forehand grip, all make sense when one realizes how they parallel Nadal's attitude of always wanting to go the distance (not using it literally this time round) and hard way. The western grip is from a point of view (Federer would definitely indulge in this if he don't have it already) is an unnecessarily self-torturous one. The need to prepare much earlier, the need to have a more forceful lower body turn, and the difficulty of reacting to low balls, are pains which much more eastern-oriented forehand grip holders (which are basically the more conventional and in this sense easy-going players) do not have to suffer. The Western forehand grip also makes it relatively harder to flatten out (and thus finish) off the point, although it definitely makes it easier for the holder of such grip to put the ball back in play. The logic goes that the easier it is for one to put the ball back in play, regardless of the ease or willingness of the opponent on the other side to do so, there would be statistically long rallies. The longer the rallies, this logic continues, the greater the pain, and the more fulfilment the Western forehand-grip holder thus get.

Nadal's personality is a function of his persistence

'All I want to do is work hard', 'Nadal vows hard work'; these are just the kinds of newsbites that you typically get from a news report or interview concerning Nadal. This is rather impressive especially when one considers the unsaid rules governing the content of a person's speech laid down by modern society, in modern society - a person's utterances would most often not reflect too entirely and/or genuinely one's exact thoughts. For example, just analyse the content of Federer, Murray and Djokovic. They no doubt have as much desire as Nadal to be winning forever, and to be fair they do express such desires quite often in their public utterances. However, they don't phrase them with the level of transparentness and repetition that Nadal does!

All this being said, Nadal is the currently the second-greatest tennis player in the history of the mens' game. There is an (unfortunately) untraceable quote of David Rubenstein's that the longer you persist at some aim, for some reason you would tend to achieve that aim. The same no doubt happened to Nadal. So what are you waiting for?

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