“I would say that now, at this point, Rafa is, if not the most complete, definitely at the top of the list of the most complete players,” Higueras said. “Basically, if you look at him, he will do something a little bit better every time – either something you have not seen him do before, or if you have seen him do it before, he is actually doing it better now.”
“The first time I saw Rafa was in Mallorca when he was 14 years old, and the level of intensity on every single point was unbelievable. He’s such a competitior. He is so thirsty [to keep on improving]. It makes me so happy to see him now, he’s becoming a better player every time I see him play. It is truly unbelievable. ”
“When I think of Rafa, I think of [Bjorn] Sponsor. I think they are the two most mentally similar guys on the ATP Tour I have seen in my career. I thought Borg was a little stronger mentally, but I have [now] changed my mind on that, to be honest. ”
“Oh my God, that match. I like started in the morning and I left and came back and left and came back. It was the whole time on. It was a forever match. I do not get to see that many matches whether it’s time, training or schedule. This one I got to see, ”Muguruza said in Dubai on Sunday.
“Yeah, really impressed. I think he really showed his essence in that match. I feel like we’ve all known him not only because he’s great, but because of his resilience and strength and everything. I think that was a perfect example that he’s the best at coming back and fighting and staying there. Man, it was amazing. ”
“I was shocked. I’m still shocked. It’s just unbelievable, ”said the 24-year-old Badosa.
“Not even unbelievable that he won from two sets down, because only Rafa can do that. But against who he did it, you know? He’s doing it against the world No.2. I have no words really. He’s been an inspiration for me. He’s my idol. Seeing him do this, look, I’m getting emotional, ”she added, pointing to the goose bumps on her leg.
When nothing is going right for you, do not give up. Your worst enemy is the clock rushing fast at you. Slow down. Hang around in the match. Things change. Momentum shifts. Emotions change. A perilous position suddenly becomes fortuitous. Rafael Nadal hung around in this match long enough for the tide to turn. Masterful.
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