When he was six years old, Rafael Nadal was told by his uncle Toni that there is only one of two options for playing. It is to resist or surrender. Currently, he hits the milestone of 1,000 wins at the ATP Tour.
In the summer of 2002, 15-year-old Rafael Nadal was ranked 762 ATP. He unexpectedly beat senior Ramon Delgado 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the Mallorca Open. Nadal then became the ninth person in history to win the first ATP match before his 16th birthday.
After 18 seasons of professional play, from a boy, Nadal entered the temple of legends. To have such a massive career, since the age of six, Nadal has memorized his coach’s teachings. Nadal’s resistance can be measured by perspiration running on any surface. After each incredible save, or series of durable balls a few dozen times to touch the racquet.
His meticulous preparation before every game, every serve and even at the end of the game. It is also to be ready for each situation of protest. Nadal’s stamina against all opponents is extraordinary, and it’s not new to those who have watched him since he first entered professional tennis.
When he was 14 years old at the Spanish National Championship, Nadal broke his pinky finger in his first match. But in the end he was still the winner, even holding the racquet with only four fingers.
Experts have said that Nadal’s knee can never return to a normal state. They feared he had to retire early because his knees were severely overloaded. But Nadal patiently fought through all kinds of injuries to keep his job, also the biggest passion of his life.
Nadal’s stamina is also shown through the negative intangible effects that a famous professional tennis player has suffered. Fans turned to admire Nadal’s record 82 wins in 2008. Even in the worst years, when losing in the first round of the Australian Open and failing at the 2016 US Open, Nadal still regularly wins Roland Garros.