Rafael Nadal quotes talk about tennis a sport he loves and some intimate details about his personal life. He talks about a sport he holds dear to his heart and considers himself blessed to be able to do what he loves as a way of life. Roger Federer is the only other player with more wins than him.
Rafael Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player. The Association of Tennis Professionals ranks him at number 2 in the world for the men’s singles. He has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the second-most in history for a male player. He won the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics men’s single final. He has won a number of ATP Tour Masters 500 and 1000 titles as well. In some of his quotes he talks about playing golf with Tiger Woods. Below are a number of quotes by Rafael Nadal.
“Is only a tennis match. At the end, that's life. There is much more important things."
“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."
“You just try to play tough and focus point for point. Sounds so boring, but it's the right thing to do out there."
“That's painful always to lose.”
“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.”
"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."
“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."
“I'm really, really emotional."
“It's not the time to look for excuses."
“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."
“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."
“I tried to find a solution to the problem that I had, tried to find a way to start playing better."
“I always wanted to be honest with myself and to those who have had faith in me."
“I will do as I usually do. Tomorrow is going to be a day like any other day."
“My parents' divorce made an important change in my life. It affected me."
“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."
“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."
“Tennis is a hard sport. There is a lot of competition all year and you play alone."
“I am a guy who likes to do what I am doing with passion, whether it's a soccer match with friends or golf."
"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."
“New York is a special place; it's a city that I love."
"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."
“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."
"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."
“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."
“I always had the theory that the most important thing is be happy, enjoy what are you doing, and be fresh mentally."
“I am not the most courageous guy in the world outside of the court."
“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."
"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."
“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."
“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."
“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."
“My serve can get better, for sure. It's not just about serving bombs, but positioning, variation in speed, in spin."
“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."
“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."
“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."
“I live where I would like to live. I live in Majorca, Spain, and I am not sure there are better places."
“I'd rather lose an argument than get into a long discussion in order to win it."
“To be a friend means that they are always there, for the good or the bad."
“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."
“I like fishing. Not actual fishing - I like the peace and quiet of being at sea. It's different."
“I love the crowds in Miami. I feel that is one of the tournaments where I get more support. That helps me a lot."
“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."
Rafael Nadal’s quotes are very inspiring and share a great deal about his own personal life. He once played a game of badminton against Serena Williams in 2018. I hope his quotes will inspire all who aim to be the best in whatever journey they pursue.