Renowned tennis coach Toni Nadal says that motivating Rafael Nadal has never been an issue and added that he doesn’t understant people who life their without motivation.
Nadal, 35, is one of the greatest players in tennis history as he is tied with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on the all-time Grand Slam record list.
“I’ve been asked several times how to motivate a guy who has won everything. First of all, Rafael hasn’t won everything. If a guy who is lucky that life is going well and has challenges to face isn’t motivated, then he’s ungrateful. I think you have to be motivated in life,” Toni said.
Nadal insists hard work always pays off
“For me, it is essential to train with the aim of improving something. I face each day with the goal of learning. On a mental level, that helps you greatly to be awake and active. I do not understand life in any other way. To work and train just for the sake of training, without having the goal of being better, it doesn’t make any sense, it’s boring,” Nadal said, per Punto de Break.
“As long as you have effort, dedication and humility, you will achieve something — progress.”
Nadal has acknowldged several times that losing is part of the game but for him the most important thing is to always give his absolute best.
Nadal also underlined the importance of being self-critical.
“There is no greater personal satisfaction than coming home knowing that you have met all your goals. Having people by my side who are in a position to tell me things as they see them has been one of the best decisions I’ve been able to make in my career. You also have to know how to be self-critical and recognize when you make mistakes without looking for any excuse,” Nadal noted.