Sunday, May 31, 2009

Quote For The Day

“You need a defeat to give value to your victories. It's the end of the road and I have to accept my defeat as I accepted my victories: with calm. I have to stay cool‑headed to try to analyse what I did wrong. I need to learn, and you learn more when you lose than when you win. I need to work on those points where I wasn't good, and from there try and do better for my next tournament.”--Rafael Nadal

(Thanks, Beth)

12 comments:

oddman said...

Oh, my aching heart needed this. Thanks so much, Beth. This made me feel SO much better. Rafa is a gem. As is his uncle.

(pain abating... ahhh....)

Graf_sampras said...

RAFAEL NADAL

is the CROWN JEWEL

of TENNIS.

if BEAUTY can be rightly applied to a MALE of the species....it is applied to Nadal. his Beauty is that kind that was once Idealized by the Ancient Greeks...which to them was considered the highest of all.

in it is in Nadal today that the inscription from rudyard Kipling in the entrance to wimbledon completely, fully, perfectly applies:

"WHEN YOU TREAT WITH BOTH VICTORY AND DEFEAT THE SAME CALM SPIRIT...AND TREAT THEM BOTH AS THE SAME IMPOSTOR...YOU ARE A CHAMPION...AND WHAT'S MORE, MY FRIEND, YOU ARE A MAN".


THAT *IS* RAFAEL NADAL.

HE TRULY IS THE CROWN JEWEL OF TENNIS.

Graf_sampras said...

THANKS craighickman for posting Rafa's remark in his defeat.

let's wish u know brooklynite the greatest week and TITLE in his life yet...

Beth said...

He really understands what it means to accept the good with the bad and to make each opportunity a chance to improve and get better - whether the opportunity was defeat or victory, loss or celebration. He's so right that we learn from our mistakes and not the easy stuff.

Helen W said...

Yes, grace under adversity is a rare and wonderful quality. And from someone not yet 23 years old?

Win or lose on the court, Rafa as a person is a total winner.

Tennis Vagabond said...

Watching Nadal leave the court, I felt awful for him. He looked like Fed losing Wimbledon.
Reading this quote reaffirms what we've seen for years now, that Nadal is the CLASS of the tour, as a sportsman and as a human being.
If he could say that minutes after such a devastating loss, there is no doubt that we will be seeing the same fierce competitor continuing on.
I believe that these is something cathartic in Nadal's game- throwing his complete power into every shot, rather than holding back in fear- this is something all of us can envy because it is a UNIVERSAL idea. Though I am not a Nadal fan, it is hard not to root for him, because we all live vicariously through someone who plays with his heart exposed.

oddman said...

Oh, Tennis Vagabond, what a wonderful comment! More healing for my aching heart - thank you!

I wasn't going to cry about this, but dang, you got me. (sniff)

tangerine said...

Great interview with Rafa. The good news for him is that there's definitely room for a lot of improvement, I don't think he played well at all today.

The other biggest loser this week is Djokovic. If he lost because the thought of facing Rafa was hanging around in the back of his head, then he just learned a lesson never to look too far ahead in the draw. Even the "guaranteed" chosen ones can lose unexpectedly. Novak must be kicking himself right about now.

Craig Hickman said...

Tangerine, I think Novak lost because he was exhausted.

Nothing more; nothing less.

He simply ran out of gas.

He's also played a lot of tennis recently and as I've said before, he simply isn't fit enough to win another Slam at this time.

Look back at the Melbourne he won, and notice how quickly his matches unfolded.

And for all the chatter about how mentally tough he's been, the man has never defended a title.

Not one.

His exhaustion was mental as well. It's going to take a long time for him to recover from that Madrid loss.

Was it three match points?

Doesn't matter the opponent, losing a match that important, that went that long, after holding multiple match points is not something you shrug off in two weeks.

Craig Hickman said...

Soderling seems to have taken part of this quote seriously as well. He won a single game the last time he played Rafa on clay a few weeks back.

Remember when Justine Henin waxed Marion Bartoli in the lead up to Wimbledon and Bartoli learned something and knocked Justin out of Wimbledon a few weeks later?

A humiliating loss can motivate.

oddman said...

You're so right, Craig. And that was a tough loss for Soderling in Madrid. I don't like the guy, but I have to give him ALL props for today's win, and also for his comments in his own presser after. Can I root for him to win? Yes, I could.

Graf_sampras said...

this is true - about HUMILIATING losses-or important ones . that can motivate players - depending on their personality probably .

who better to know than the great pete sampras? lol.


lots of HUMILIATIONS between 2000-2002.....i used to call them "pete getting buried ALIVE...eeewwwwweee!". lol.

lol!!


but i remember him saying in 1999 --

after he returned from a bad injury before his first match at the USO pull out and andre won it...

and in the second match he played on tour since returning. he LOST again to Andre in the first round robin of the year end championships...and he really said of his

6-1, 6-2, something loss..

"I got HUMILIATED OUT THERE!!!"


lol.

it musta motivated him to get his act together and reach the finals and beat andre for the Championships.

Andre must have been Sooooooooo pissed off!!

sometimes watching these tennis folks can be SO entertaining in more ways than ONE!!

just to see who gets pissed off for what reason, lol.