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Nadal, "My ambition now, until the day I die, is to win Wimbledon."

Nadal Pledges to Win Wimbledon


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Thursday, 23 June, 2005


The agony of defeat was clearly etched on Rafael Nadal's face as he strode to the net for the traditional end-of-match handshake with his vanquisher. It remained there as he strode off court to wild applause, waving to the crowd which had taken him to their hearts.

With his shoulder-length black hair held in place by a bandana, rippling muscles, and sleeveless shirt, it isn't surprising that Nadal has set a lot of teenage and matronly hearts pulsating this week. Not since the early 1970s when Bjorn Borg strode the hallowed lawns of the AELTC, has a teenager attracted so much attention.

Nadal, the French Open champion, may well have been disappointed but at no point since his arrival had he prophesised that, even as the fourth seed, he should be considered a contender. In years to come perhaps but not this year. As Nadal himself said before the match, "There are better players here like Federer, Hewitt, Henman and Roddick. Every match here is difficult, and while I think I am playing good on grass, I know every match is different."

But the signs are that he is a quick learner and frankly, there can be little doubt that this 19-year-old from Mallorca will emulate the great Swede and win both the French and Wimbledon in the same year. He could even go one stage further and collect the US Open title, a feat Borg, much to his frustration, never achieved.

Having accepted his fate, the usually fierce looking youngster was all smiles, cheekily admitting that he needs to improve 'some things' and listed them as follows: "I am improving myself. I think when I improve a lot of myself, I can win a lot of matches here because I am fast. I need to improve my volley; I need to improve my serve: I need to improve my confidence with the game on grass. And for that I need to play a lot of matches." He added through an interpreter, "I need to play more, train more. This used to happen to me two years ago on clay. I think that when you are developing, you are evolving, you learn to live the moment."

It wasn't surprising to then learn that he declared in his native tongue, "My ambition now, until the day I die, is to win Wimbledon." That day will surely come

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lol, good luck.

I normally can't stand Nadal. He usually fuels my fire of hatred for him. But I must admit, at least he isn't pulling a Safin saying stuff like, "I give up. Grass is stupid... I hate it." Such strong words for a 19 year old.

Do I think he's going to do it? No.

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Re: Nadal, "My ambition now, until the day I die, is to win Wimbledon."

Didn´t have to read that, it was clear in my mind since I saw his face when Muller won the last point in the match.
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Re: Nadal, "My ambition now, until the day I die, is to win Wimbledon."

Nadal is like a breath of fresh air in the game. It's good to hear he hasn't given up on grass.

But this is so strange to me: "He usually fuels my fire of hatred for him." I can't see anything about the kid that would inspire hatred.
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Re: Nadal, "My ambition now, until the day I die, is to win Wimbledon."

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I normally can't stand Nadal. He usually fuels my fire of hatred for him. But I must admit, at least he isn't pulling a Safin saying stuff like, "I give up. Grass is stupid... I hate it." Such strong words for a 19 year old.

Do I think he's going to do it? No.
I love the passion Nadal shows for tennis even on a surface that he has yet to master. He likes to play this sport and it shows! I love it. I can admire a player who can hide his emotions but I prefer the openly passionate players.

Also, I don't quite get why people get so annoyed by Hewitt. In some cases, I can understand: for example when he celebrates an error by an opponent even if he has a comfortable lead of 5-2 and sometimes he has a huge chip on his shoulders. That's annoying but in general, I don't really have a problem with his attitude. He's a fighter and that's often fun to watch.
Remember that match in the USO against Sampras with a very, very hostile public against Hewitt? You could see Hewitt grit his teeth and get motivated through all that hostility. It was fun seeing that and win it all in front of a public.

Safin? I like his interviews. A couple of days ago, they asked him after his first match if he was still a member of the 'I hate grass' club. Safin muttered with his head down: "Yeah, I'm still there".
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Also, I don't quite get why people get so annoyed by Hewitt. In some cases, I can understand: for example when he celebrates an error by an opponent even if he has a comfortable lead of 5-2 and sometimes he has a huge chip on his shoulders. That's annoying but in general, I don't really have a problem with his attitude. He's a fighter and that's often fun to watch.
You said it yourself: Celebrating unforced errors by his opponents; heres some other examples:

- That incident with James Blake in the 2001 Us Open
- Needlessly heckling the lines judge when he correctly called a foot fault on Hewitts serve in the Aussie opens this year
- Bumping into Nalbandian during a net changeover (not sure this was deliberate but it followed several UE celebrations creating a delicate atmosphere in which he should have known better)

I believe it was after this last episode that Nalbandian remarked of him "He's not a gentleman". Other players Safin, Federer etc don't seem to have a problem with it.

Funny thing is up until the Aussie Open this year I used to like him for all the reasons you mention - gutsy fighter with attitude, bringing much needed personality to the tour etc.

However his behaviour there really put me off - I heard he even got bad press in Aus. I suppose you have to give some allowance considering he was playing at Home.

His attitude at Wimbledon seems more toned down - e.g. celebrating at the right time - lets hope hes taken on board some of the criticism.
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I normally can't stand Nadal. He usually fuels my fire of hatred for him. But I must admit, at least he isn't pulling a Safin saying stuff like, "I give up. Grass is stupid... I hate it." Such strong words for a 19 year old.

Do I think he's going to do it? No.
Let me guess, you're a Fed fan? Prefer cool to fiery on court? Trust me Nadal is more mature mentally than the average 19 year old.

If Agassi & Hewitt could both manage to win Wimby, I don't see how hard it is to imagine Nadal victorious at the All-England Club. The hardening of the grass courts is going to make his goal a little bit easier as well.

I have to admire Nadal for his determination - knowing what he wants and going after it. He's got the will so all he has to work on is the way.

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Nadal just doesnt have the game to win Wimbledon. I was hoping he'd beat Muller but he has a lot of weaknesses on grass. He needs to improve his serve a lot, and his topspin forehand was just sitting up waiting to be hit. His net play isnt great either. I dont think he will win it, but if he improves he can make the QF. I admire his determination and I hope he will do better in the future.
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Nadal is like a breath of fresh air in the game. It's good to hear he hasn't given up on grass.

But this is so strange to me: "He usually fuels my fire of hatred for him." I can't see anything about the kid that would inspire hatred.
I was just about to say this. What is there to hate about Rafael?

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But the signs are that he is a quick learner and frankly, there can be little doubt that this 19-year-old from Mallorca will emulate the great Swede and win both the French and Wimbledon in the same year.
That's quite a bold statement by this journalist. I would like to see him do it, but there can be plenty of doubt about that, even if Nadal IS an amazing player. We'll have to wait and see how his game improves on grass, and if he can retain his dominance on clay against the other players.

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Does that mean he will play on the senior tour at Wimbledon hoping to win it?
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Wow, he wants this tournament badly, so I hope he gets it. I love when people are willing to work hard for the things they want. Plus I hate a failure attidude, so Nadal is a breath of fresh air. Go Nadal with your badself, prove them wrong and win Wimbledon someday soon!!!

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Re: Nadal, "My ambition now, until the day I die, is to win Wimbledon."

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That's quite a bold statement by this journalist.
Indeed, I couldn't help but frown immensely at the "certainty" he has about it. Winning Wimbledon alone is not easy, not by far (not even thinking about the double). And the way that Rafa hits the ball leads me far from certainty. Seems like the press is quite desperate in building up Rafa beyond what he is now to the ULtimate Challenger of Fed.

I'm keeping it to "the possibilty to win it" and I'm curious as hell to see this exciting player develop even further!



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Didn´t have to read that, it was clear in my mind since I saw his face when Muller won the last point in the match.
That's so true. He looked so sad and dissapointed which means he truly does want to win at Wimbledon unlike so many French champs of the past. He knows to be considered great, he is going to have to win on the fast surface GS.
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Re: Nadal, "My ambition now, until the day I die, is to win Wimbledon."

gl to him

Has the potential, the movement on his side.

Needs a little better serve, a little more pop, better placement to compete.

Other than serve, there is no reason why he cannot advance to at least SF next year barring a reasonable draw involving a minimum big servers.
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