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I didn't believe in Rafa before this Roland Garros started. Even with his results, I figured age would be too much.

The RG Beast is tough, but I thought Djokovic was too strong. He's without a doubt the toughest player Rafa has ever played, after all. The only one who could really measure up against Nadal. Who wasn't afraid. Who knew how to play him. Who knew how to BEAT him.

But there are no excuses. Rafael Nadal has through his whole career proven doubters as myself wrong. People have written him off more times than any other player in history.

"He'll never recover from this injury."
"He'll never win slams outside clay."
"He'll never come close of Federer."
"He's done. It's over. You don't recover from 7 months absence."
"No way Nadal is going to win slams at 25, are you kidding me? His playing style is too tough on the body. He might even have retired at 25."
"No way Nadal will beat Djokovic again, are you blind? He doesn't stand a chance."

And on it goes...

But this guy is more than a tennis player. He's a phenomenon. In every sense of the word. One of the best athletes of all time. And probably THE best when it comes to the spirit of a champion; to never give up; to fight to the bitter end. To accept success and defeat with equal amount of humbleness.

He's constantly mocked, ridiculed, laughed at, hated and abused by haters on the internet, people who find pleasure in seeing him down, for various reasons, but the difference between them and Nadal is that they have no idea what it takes to be a champion; they have no idea what it takes to even show up, to give yourself a chance in life - regardless of result. It's easy to be tough and judgmental behind a computer screen, isn't it?

It doesn't matter if Nadal wins more slams. Or if he holds his ranking. It doesn't matter if Nadal ends his career at 30 or 35. It doesn't matter how much hatred he gets, if anything - it just shows people's true colors, cheering for others misery - can you get much lower than that? Nadal has nothing more to prove. He's won grand slams for 10 straight years now and above all, he's had the chance to live out his dream, and that was the only thing he ever asked for.

If anything, the success of Rafael Nadal proves that you can accomplish almost anything in life if you're willing to SUFFER for it. If you're willing to WORK for it. If you're willing to put your soul into what you do, every single day, and if you do that enough times - you'll be successful.

This is not the day to talk about records, or speculations about the future. I certainly have my thoughts on how far I believe Nadal will go in terms of grand slam wins, but it doesn't matter what we THINK - the only thing that matters is what we DO.

And Rafael Nadal has proven once again that you should NEVER write him off. He could be 90 years old in a wheelchair, but man - I'd STILL not count him out. I've learned my lesson. And I apologize.
 

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Completely underestimated the advancements in Medicine and its treatments. From PRP injections to stem cell treatments.

One has to wonder how many Dull would have won if these state-of-the-art medical treatments didn't exist.
 

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These right-wing hatred makes Rafa's ultimate revolutionary triumph even sweeter
 

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Completely underestimated the advancements in Medicine and its treatments. From PRP injections to stem cell treatments.

One has to wonder how many Dull would have won if these state-of-the-art medical treatments didn't exist.
Medicine advance and its treatments are just incredible, so true. A decade ago was unthinkable that a tennis star was able to take part in 50 GS in a row playing almost all of them in their last rounds without a fucking withdrawal.
 

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It doesn't matter if Nadal wins more slams. Or if he holds his ranking. It doesn't matter if Nadal ends his career at 30 or 35. It doesn't matter how much hatred he gets, if anything - it just shows people's true colors, cheering for others misery - can you get much lower than that? Nadal has nothing more to prove. He's won grand slams for 10 straight years now and above all, he's had the chance to live out his dream, and that was the only thing he ever asked for.
Get real... Rafa or any of these other bozos winning does not change anything in your life. Stop being such a drama queen. Tennis is a silly sport. You know why some people play tennis? Because they were not good enough to study science or help people out in other ways. In 1000 years when we go and colonize other planets and cure cancer, do you honestly think people will care about tennis players? lol
 

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Get real... Rafa or any of these other bozos winning does not change anything in your life. Stop being such a drama queen. Tennis is a silly sport. You know why some people play tennis? Because they were not good enough to study science or help people out in other ways. In 1000 years when we go and colonize other planets and cure cancer, do you honestly think people will care about tennis players? lol
I am not sure if I agree that some play tennis just because they are unable to be great thinkers -- I think some do have a capacity to do these things, but they just chose professional sport.
 

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I am not sure if I agree that some play tennis just because they are unable to be great thinkers -- I think some do have a capacity to do these things, but they just chose professional sport.
Listen, I know you like tennis. I do too. But we have had this discussion before :) Tennis is a way to waste time. Watching it is even worse. Now you can say I am a hypocrite but I am like a drug addict who knows the drug is killing me but I still go to it for comfort because the world is too harsh. Nevertheless, let's not pretend watching sports is doing our world any good.

I see sheeple watching the World Cup with their mouths open, cheering for their country and truly enjoying the tears of people from other nation when they lose, conceding a goal in the 90th minute. It's really sad to see considering we all are from the same race and should be worried about more important things. Women not being able to watch the world cup, people blowing themselves up in countries, children dying of hunger, and we just sit there and watch the World Cup like dumb animals.

As far as tennis players being smart or dumb, I don't think they are all dumb. But a mind wasted is a terrible thing, and if some of these folks are truly geniuses who could have contributed in other areas (e.g. science) and chose tennis just for money, then it's a tragedy.
 

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Only an idiot would have thought that Nadal could not possibly beat Novak at RG this year, especially since Novak was not in his best health. Most of the nonsense quoted in the thread were said by fanatical or immature fans of other players, and perhaps, wishful thinking. Rafa is a great player with an extraordinary body and determination. However, there have been other players in the past and some players today who try as hard as Rafa, most though do not have his physical ability. To say the Rafa and Novak are not of the same era is nonsense too, as they are practically the same age. It just so happenes that Rafa reached his peak sooner than Novak. Rafa is an all time great player, but not quite the god described by the author of this thread.
 

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why did you still a comment from the bottom of the ATP RG final articles result page? :eek: :drink:
 
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