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Old 04-20-2005, 02:16 PM   #1
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El entorno, lo mejor de Rafa
Por Jordi Arrese

Qué hace diferente a Rafa Nadal del resto de los tenistas? Tengo muy claro que lo que marca la diferencia es el entorno, la familia que le ha dado una educación exquisita, y un tío, Toni que, además es su preparador, y le dice las cosas tal como son. Nadal es un chaval de 18 años, humilde, sencillo que, gracias a esa educación, valora todo en la vida y está pendiente de que todo el mundo esté a gusto. Los tenistas, por lo general, de por sí se vuelven egocéntricos, y llegan a ser mimados por todo el mundo. Les dan casi todo hecho y encuentran todas las cosas fáciles. Si el entrenador fuera el que pagara, seguramente serían mejores y más fuertes de lo que suelen ser.

Con Nadal no pasa eso. Desde su entorno no han entrado afortunadamente en esta dinámica. Lo tratan como a un chaval de 18 años, sea o no campeón, cuando él razona como uno de 25 años. Lo educan para la vida y potencian esa parte salvaje que tiene y que, para mí, han convertido a Rafa en el jugador mentalmente más fuerte del mundo junto con el australiano Lleyton Hewitt.

Para mí no es una sorpresa que Nadal se presente en el Tenis Barcelona entre los once primeros del mundo. Desde que tenía 14 años ya dije que Nadal iba a ser un número uno, y creo que si no hubiese sido por la lesión que sufrió el año pasado, que lo apartó de la temporada de tierra, Rafa estaría en lo más alto. Porque antes de esa lesión había demostrado que podía ganar a todo un número uno como Roger Federer.

Pero Rafa todavía tiene mucho margen por delante para mejorar. Creo que tras cada torneo que juega, tras cada partido que gana, tras cada título que obtiene, Rafa Nadal es mejor jugador y persona, donde para mí merece un 10.

Rafa Nadal es, además, un buen jugador de equipo, que será muy útil al tenis español. Con su forma de ser, con su personalidad, con esa humildad y sencillez que tiene, Rafa ha conseguido que no haya un tenista que no quiera que gane; el que no lo desea es porque no tiene un buen corazón.

The environment, the best thing about Rafa
By Jordi Arrese

What does Rafa Nadal do differently to the other tennis players? I can clearly see that what makes the difference is his environment, his family who has given him an excellent education, and an uncle, Toni, who is also his coach, and he tells him things straight. Nadal is a young lad of 18, humble, simple, who, thanks to that education, appreciates everything in life, always makes sure everyone else is ok. In general, tennis players at the best of times become egocentric and they get mollycoddled by everyone. Everything is pretty much done for them and they find things very easy. If it were the coach who was the one paying, they'd definitely be better and stronger than what they usually are.

With Nadal, that doesn't happen. Fortunately, in his environment, they have not become involved with this sort of dynamic. They treat him like a young lad of 18, champion or not, when he speaks like a 25 year old. They educate him in life skills and strengthen that wild part of him that for me, have made Rafa the strongest player in the world mentally along with the Australian, Lleyton Hewitt.

It doesn't surprise me that Nadal is coming to the Barcelona tourament being in the top 11. Since he was 14, I always said Nadal was going to be number 1, and I think that if it hadn't been for his injury last year, which forced him out of the clay season, Rafa would be even higher. Because before that injury, he had shown he could beat a #1 like Roger Federer.

But Rafa still has a lot of room for improvement. I think that after every tournament he plays, after every match he wins, after every title he gets, Rafa Nadal is a better player and person and for me he deserves a 10.

Rafa Nadal is also a great team member, which will be very useful to Spanish tennis. With the way he is, his personality, his humility and simplicity, Rafa has made it such that there is no player who doesn't want him to win. For those that don't want him to win, it's because they don't have a good heart.

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