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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Rafael Nadal on winning, game, losing, dreams, faith, freedom, love, calm, life, tennis, competition and game.

91 Great Quotes By Rafael Nadal That Will Make You His Craziest Fan

Quick Facts

Famous As: Tennis player

Born On: June 3, 1986

Born In: Manacor

Rafael Nadal is a well-known Spanish tennis player, and one of the only two men to win all four major titles. He started playing tennis at a young age of 3 to start his professional career at the age of 15. He soon proved his prolific talent by being the youngest male to reach the third round in Wimbledon. He won the French Open with his debut on the championship to mark the first most successful year of his career where he won eleven singles to earn the pseudonym of "King of Clay." This performance also brought him a couple of awards including ‘Golden Bagel Award’ and ‘ATP Most Improved Player of the Year Award’. His next notable achievement was the Grand Slam as he became the first player to win it against the ace player Roger Federer. He further won various titles to be counted among the top-three tennis players in the world. He was away from the game for a couple of years due to an injury but returned back to re-establish his reputation. Apart from this he is also known to be a great philanthropist as he is a proud founder of the ‘Fundación Rafa Nadal’ which aims at helping children and young adults. He has also worked for various other causes for the betterment of the society. His thoughts, work, game and life has established him as one of the greatest star in the history of the game. Let us browse through the quotes and thoughts by Rafael Nadal which can find a place on your wall as inspirational posters.
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Enduring means accepting. Accepting things as they are and not as you would wish them to be, and then looking ahead, not behind.

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Even if I have already peaked, I have to believe I can improve. I wake up every morning, and go to practice, with the illusion that I'm going to get better that day.

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The first point is always important, more so in a Wimbledon final

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I think I am a complete player. I can play well on all the surfaces. For me, the clay might be easiest, but I am not a specialist on clay.

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I have no sense of humor about losing

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However great your dedication, you never win anything on your own

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I'm always searching for new music, and I change what I listen to on a regular basis.

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It's hard to say, 'I don't believe in God.' I would love to know if God exists. But it's a very difficult thing for me to believe.

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I think the doubts are good in life. The people who don’t have doubts I think only two things: arrogance or not intelligence.

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I'm only superstitious on the tennis court.

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I have no interest in becoming a tax exile and living somewhere I don't want to - I just want to be at home with my family.

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Is only a tennis match. At the end, that's life. There is much more important things.

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Why would I want a place of my own? Then I would have to things worry about, like doing laundry and having food in the fridge.

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I'll never have a tattoo - I just don't like them, and when you're old they can look a disaster. As for piercings, I don't like them on men.

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I'd rather lose an argument than get into a long discussion in order to win it.

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I have been learning English on the road since I started when I was 15, so it is a slow process but making some progress. Now I think I am much more comfortable with my English. However, it is difficult, still, when I speak about something that is not tennis.

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If the plane moves, some turbulence, I am nervous flyer.

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I started to travel like this at the age of 15 so for me, it's normal. Some days you get tired and you feel, 'I want to stay at home a little bit more,' but it's only the moment.

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I normally listen to Spanish music - well, Latin music. I like a lot of singers.

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I like a lot of sports. Especially football - it's my favourite sport. My uncle played football in Barcelona for nine years and played for Spain in three World Cups.

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My tennis is aggressive, though I wouldn't say that it's more physical than technical. I rely more on technique than physique, but being physical is always a help to me.

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I have the same bedroom I've always had. It's clean and tidy when I get home, and after two or three days it gets messy and my mother nags me.

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I am lucky because my family are comfortably off. My father has his own glass business.

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I am decidedly unfriendly during a golf game, from the first hole to the last.

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My parents' divorce made an important change in my life. It affected me. After that, when I can't play Wimbledon, it was tough. For one month I was outside the world.

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Hard courts are very negative for the body. I know the sport is a business and creating these courts is easier than clay or grass, but I am 100 per cent sure it is wrong.

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No one is perfect. Everybody does stupid things.

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In my humble opinion, change is stupid.

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In Majorca, I can be myself. I go to the supermarket and the cinema, and I am just Rafa. Everyone knows me, and it is no big deal. I can go all day - no photographs.

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I have lived my whole life with high intensity.

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I appreciate a lot in this life; the things you cannot buy. Life is only once.

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I was shy when I was a kid, I was very shy, but now I think I've improved a lot. I can speak OK with the media and with the people. My English is still bad but I feel a little bit better now than before.

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I am very lucky because when I come back home, I have a completely normal life. I can relax, playing golf, fishing - doing what I want. I know when I finish a tournament, I am going to relax at home.

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I still take advice from my mum on what clothes look good on me. I used to listen to her a lot more, but I've started to choose my own things from time to time.

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My goal is to improve my game, stay healthy and be competitive. If I have that, I know I can be able to win tournaments, which in the end is what it counts.

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For me, it is important to win titles and for that I need to work hard, stay healthy and be able to compete. The rest, I always say, it comes.

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I am happy with being a tennis player and the choice I took when I was 12. But clearly, if I wouldn't have been a tennis player, I would have loved to be a soccer player. But again, I am happy with the choice I made.

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I'm lucky enough to do what I like for work - not everyone's that fortunate.

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To be a friend means that they are always there, for the good or the bad.

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I live where I would like to live. I live in Majorca, Spain, and I am not sure there are better places.

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My serve can get better, for sure. It's not just about serving bombs, but positioning, variation in speed, in spin.

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I am not the most courageous guy in the world outside of the court.

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In tennis, because of the way it's scored, I don't think that scoring one point out of luck is ever decisive in winning. But, of course, it depends on the moment.

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I think when you compete every week, when you play under pressure daily, you find your rituals to be 100 percent focused on what you're doing.

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Every year I go to Broadway to see a musical - I like the music. I saw 'Mamma Mia;' I saw 'Les Miserables;' I saw 'Phantom of the Opera' like six, seven times.

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I am a guy who likes to do what I am doing with passion, whether it's a soccer match with friends or golf.

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Tennis is a hard sport. There is a lot of competition all year and you play alone.

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My parents' divorce made an important change in my life. It affected me.

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It's more a tennis problem than a mental problem. The transition is difficult. It depends how much time you have. Playing on grass can sometimes be a bit of a lottery.

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I just was in the second round. That's painful, because always is tough to lose, but well, that's sport. You win, you lose.

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Last four months were great for me, was probably one of the best four months of my career, playing unbelievable in the clay court season.

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That's painful always to lose.

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The thing, when you're down two sets to love, is to stay calm, even though it's hard, because people are freaking out, people are worried for you.

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The family is very important. They make me feel good always because if I won, when I started to be famous, the relationship never changed with my friends and family.

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We'll try and be very aggressive, we'll try and speed up and change gears, and we'll see who's going to win.

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You just try to play tough and focus point for point. Sounds so boring, but it's the right thing to do out there.

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I learned during all my career to enjoy suffering.

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I don't have any idols, any heroes, nothing, no.

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I always wanted to be honest with myself and to those who have had faith in me.

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I'm really, really emotional.

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I tried to find a solution to the problem that I had, tried to find a way to start playing better.

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I'm ambidextrous when I eat. But playing tennis right-handed - I can't do it. I'm clueless.

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New York is a special place; it's a city that I love.

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I would love to learn other languages, maybe French? My uncle speaks German so maybe also German? Chinese seems to be too difficult.

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I love the crowds in Miami. I feel that is one of the tournaments where I get more support. That helps me a lot.

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I am not the most courageous guy in the world outside of the court. Being alone in the dark is something I don't like.

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My motivation and aspiration is the same, being number one or being number five. So that's the truth. And my goal is the same - it's to always be happy playing, it's to enjoy the game and improve always.

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I only ever run when there's some point to it - say, if it's in a game of tennis.

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I think the tennis is only a game. You can lose. You can win. After that? In life, there are much more important things than tennis.

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I always had the theory that the most important thing is be happy, enjoy what are you doing, and be fresh mentally.

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It's not the time to look for excuses.

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I will do as I usually do. Tomorrow is going to be a day like any other day.

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I always work with a goal - and the goal is to improve as a player and a person. That, finally, is the most important thing of all.

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As a tennis player you can win and you can lose, and you have to be ready for both. I practised self-control as a kid. But as you get older they both - winning and losing - get easier.

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I appreciate a lot in this life; the things you cannot buy. Life is only once. I am happy being here and all the things that are a risk I normally avoid.

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If you don't lose, you cannot enjoy the victories. So I have to accept both things.

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My motivation is tomorrow, just one day at a time, right?

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I like fishing. Not actual fishing - I like the peace and quiet of being at sea. It's different.

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I love the beach. I love the sea. All my life I live within - in front of the sea.

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The glory is being happy. The glory is not winning here or winning there. The glory is enjoying practicing, enjoy every day, enjoying to work hard, trying to be a better player than before.

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You fight, you try your best, but if you lose, you don't have to break five racquets and smash up the locker room. You can do those things, but when you've finished, nothing's changed. You've still lost. If something positive came from that, I probably would do it. But I see only negativity.

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Some people get very confused about my game. They think it's better if the court is slow, because I have a good defence. But the faster it is, the better for me. My spin is more painful for my opponents, my aggressive game works better.

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I was passionate about soccer. I still am. Odd, though - playing soccer always made me much more anxious than playing tennis. On soccer days, I'd be out of bed by 6 in the morning, all nervous. But I was always calm when it was time for a tennis match. I still don't know why.

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It's important to have people around you with enough confidence to say if you are not acting in a good way. Normally, when you are at the top, people say everything is fantastic. Probably in that moment it is what you want to hear, but it's best to be reminded how to act properly.

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I admire a lot of people, but in terms of sport I've always loved the mentality of Tiger Woods on a golf course. I always love his eyes when he's setting himself and focusing on his decision; he has a really strong, focused face and believes that he can make the shot.

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I used to wear sleeveless T-shirts all the time on court, but now I've got a brand new look - I've moved on to polo shirts. Sleeveless T-shirts give you real freedom of movement and they keep you cooler in matches, but I just thought it was time for a change.

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You know, a lot of things changed. What never changed is the illusion to keep playing tennis, the illusion to keep doing well the things, and the illusion to be in a good position of the ranking and play these kind of matches.

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I've stayed calm when I'm winning and I've stayed calm when I've lost. Tennis is a sport where we have a lot of tournaments every week, so you can't celebrate a lot when you have big victories, and you cannot get too down when you're losing, as in a few days you'll be in the next tournament and you'll have to be ready with that.

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I always like to do the things that I think are right. I am not trying to be a model, I am trying to be myself and do the right things. If what I am doing is a model, or is an example, is the right example, I am very happy, but I don't pretend that.

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Being home alone at night makes me a bit nervous. If I'm at home alone, I have to sleep on the sofa - I can't face going to bed. I'm there with the TV on and all the lights on. I'm not very brave about anything in life. In tennis, yes. In everything else, not very.

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