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Book - 2011/08/23
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What makes a champion? What does it take to be the best in the world at your sport?

Rafael Nadal has the answers. In his memoir, written with award-winning journalist John Carlin, he reveals the secrets of his game and shares the inspiring personal story behind his success.

It begins in Mallorca, where the tight-knit Nadal family has lived for generations. Coached by his uncle Toni from the age of four and taught humility and respect by his parents, Nadal has managed the uncommon feat of becoming an acclaimed global celebrity while remaining a gracious, hardworking role model for people in all walks of life.

Now he takes us behind the scenes, from winning the Wimbledon 2008 final-described by John McEnroe as "the greatest game of tennis" he had ever seen-to the family problems that brought him low in 2009 and the numerous injuries that have threatened his career.

With candor and intelligence, Nadal brings readers on his dramatic and triumphant journey, never losing sight of the prize he values above all others: the unity and love of his family.

From RAFA:

"During a match, you are in a permanent battle to fight back your everyday vulnerabilities, bottle up your human feelings. The more bottled up they are, the greater your chances of winning, so long as you've trained as hard as you play and the gap in talent is not too wide between you and your rival. The gap in talent with Federer existed, but it was not impossibly wide. It was narrow enough, even on his favorite surface in the tournament he played best, for me to know that if I silenced the doubts and fears, and exaggerated hopes, inside my head better than he did, I could beat him. You have to cage yourself in protective armor, turn yourself into a bloodless warrior. It's a kind of self-hypnosis, a game you play, with deadly seriousness, to disguise your own weaknesses from yourself, as well as from your rival."

Baker & Taylor
A candid look into the life of tennis's top-ranked player, Rafael Nadal--an intensely private person known for his discipline, respect, and kindness--traces his childhood, growth as a player, and his extraordinary career.

& Taylor

Published to coincide with the 2011 US Open, this first personal, candid look into the life of tennis's #1 player, Rafael Nadal, who, an intensely private person, is known for his discipline, respect and kindness, traces his childhood, growth as a player and his extraordinary career.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2011/08/23
ISBN: 9781401324513
Branch Call Number: B NADAL
Characteristics: 272
Additional Contributors: Carlin, John 1956-


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Jul 09, 2014

great insight into how Rafa trains and prepares for matches. covers a few of his career highlight matches but not much more. the first chapter is the best and the rest of the book is "meh".

Aug 01, 2012

Rafa is an extraordinary athlete and an awesome person. I expected a whole lot more from this book and it did not deliver - pity.

Jul 25, 2012

This book gave good insight into Rafa but I agree with piperfriday2 that it was a bit of a bore. You really have to love tennis to enjoy this book. I have not always been a huge Rafa fan but this book has changed my perspective a little bit.

Jul 23, 2012

A very enjoyable book for tennis lovers. You get to see what goes into Rafa's mind before a big match, why he does the rituals, how he prepares, his core group who accompany him to games, etc.

piperfriday2 Nov 07, 2011

This one's for very serious and knowledgeable tennis fans only. No fun anecdotes, no presentation of the tennis world or how it all works behind the scenes. This is single-focus on how Rafa trains, and how he feels, point by point, in matches of high importance to him - it turns out most of them are. So we learn how stoic he is, how motivate, how he plays through pain, and we are introduced to his physical therapist, etc., without getting to know them. Much repetition. Also, the voice is all John Carlin, the hired-gun writer, and does not seem at all the voice of Rafa. I read every word because I love tennis, but it's a big bore.

Oct 19, 2011

This book is great if you want an in-depth look at how Rafa Nadal was feeling during the final of 08 Wimbledon vs. Roger Federer. It also gives a pretty deep look into the Australian Open/ US Open finals that Rafa has won. It does not go into depths about Rafael Nadal's biggest losses. There are parts in this book where you have to be a really big Rafael Nadal fan to be able to power through it, which I am so I enjoyed it throughly. There are a lot of great stories and insights regarding Nadal's coach, Toni Nadal, as well as info on his mom, dad, sister and girlfriend who are seldom talked about.


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Oct 19, 2011

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