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Nadal – A Mental Player

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Rafael Nadal is such an inspiring personality to me that every time I watch him, he amazes me with his rigor to win. He has some mental attitude toward win that every ball he hits, has to be a winner.

I was reading an article about ‘Mind over Tennis’ where they argued about Mental strength of Nadal. Here I am jotting down those points.

  • Living in Moment:
    • Has rare ability to embrace the moment, the here and now
    • Biggest strengths is ability to live in the moment.
    • Not just to target for Win but to simply aims to compete for each moment.
  • Self Assessment:
    • Has mental agility to assess a situation on his feet
    • Does self-assessment for different situations, inner emotions and his reactions.
    • Ask questions to self after difficult matches
  • Resilience:
    • Refuses to fade in any circumstances and score-line
  • Self-belief:
    • Belief in himself helped in conquering self-doubt and upping confidence levels.
    • When the chips are down, the believer rides over the doubts.

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Just too fascinated with Master Of Tennis Mr. Federer. Here is my reading of his personality and success.

Character of a Master

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Certainly, I am no-one in tennis but have been playing leisure tennis (seriously) for sometime now. Started out with a player with lots of energy but no skill. But over period, I could acquire skills but could not win most of my matches. This made me think to analyze the Gaps in my game. After lots of deliberations, I came to realization that I was good at putting effort, improving on skills and being aggressive but was unable to hold my emotions.

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Then, I go on to devise the formulas to pull myself out of loosing streak. Here are my experiments on self.

I told myself to remember Two Main Concepts.

  • Getting out of my own way
  • Trusting my athletic self

To do this, I planned to practice the tennis philosophy of “one shot at a time”. This can only be achieved by discipline to clear my mind constantly. In other words, it is like numbing my mind from thinking anything else.  Then I gone back to my teaching of Yoga where it was taught the science of breath and meditation. So, I took two actions out of it:

  • Focusing on my breath all the time
  • Keeping eyes on Ball all the time

After achieving control on my emotion with above technique, I could see only four parameters to juggle with:

  1. The ball
  2. The court
  3. The opponents
  4. The OPTIONS

AND, many time, I have successfully used these techniques to dig myself out of a hole.

Even in situation, when you are down at 0-5 and 0-40 and looking at a humiliating loos down the barrel. Just by thinking positively from here on, could make thing dramatically different. In these situations, I thinks in two ways.

  • If I am going to lose, let me give him some fight for a deserving loss
  • If I am going to loose anyways, let me at least practice something those risky moves and shots. Who know, it might change the direction of game.

More courageous thinking could be,  ” How about take the next 50 shots one at a time. Every time the ball crosses the net, it is my joyful opportunity to take my shot.” this may kill my opponent for “a Sad turn around!!!” …

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