Rafael Nadal: “Accepting defeat is a lack of self-respect”

Recently, the release of a series about Rafael Nadal was announced which will be broadcast by Amazon Prime Video. In a preview released passage, Nadal explains his way of dealing with defeats.

The Spaniard said: “Not accepting defeat is something absolutely normal. It is also a question of self-confidence. Every day we give 100% to be ready and we want the best for our career.

To accept defeat without problems would mean disrespect for all the efforts that have been made in the previous weeks and months. Getting angry after a bad game is a sign of maturity. At the same time, it is necessary to have the ability to digest defeat and then analyze it.”

Rafael Nadal: “Accepting defeat is a lack of self-respect”

We will see if Rafa will be able to take the court at the Australian Open 2022.  2021 will certainly not go down in history as the best year ever for Rafael Nadal. The former world number 1 has been limited by a series of physical problems since the beginning of 2021. You will surely remember the pain in his back that prevented him from showing up in the best conditions at the Australian Open.

The Spanish star played a full season on clay, but had to be content with only two triumphs in Barcelona and Rome. Roland Garros was obviously his main target, given that any success in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower would bring him to 21 Majors.

His race instead stopped against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. Already during that game, the most attentive had noticed Rafa’s pain in his foot. The 35-year-old from Manacor has missed both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, hoping to return 100% for the North American trip.

After playing a couple of matches in Washington, he was forced to raise the white flag. The Majorcan will not return to the pitch before the start of 2022. With Federer and Nadal away from the tour for most of 2021, Djokovic took the opportunity to close the gap that separated him from eternal rivals in the Grand Slam standings.