Rafael Nadal

I have been learning English on the road since I started when I was 15, so it is a slow process but making some progress. Now I think I am much more comfortable with my English. However, it is difficult, still, when I speak about something that is not tennis.

– Rafael Nadal

In tennis, because of the way it’s scored, I don’t think that scoring one point out of luck is ever decisive in winning. But, of course, it depends on the moment.

– Rafael Nadal

You know, a lot of things changed. What never changed is the illusion to keep playing tennis, the illusion to keep doing well the things, and the illusion to be in a good position of the ranking and play these kind of matches.

– Rafael Nadal

I only ever run when there’s some point to it – say, if it’s in a game of tennis.

– Rafael Nadal

I’m only superstitious on the tennis court.

– Rafael Nadal

I think the tennis is only a game. You can lose. You can win. After that? In life, there are much more important things than tennis.

– Rafael Nadal

I’m ambidextrous when I eat. But playing tennis right-handed – I can’t do it. I’m clueless.

– Rafael Nadal

I am happy with being a tennis player and the choice I took when I was 12. But clearly, if I wouldn’t have been a tennis player, I would have loved to be a soccer player. But again, I am happy with the choice I made.

– Rafael Nadal

I was passionate about soccer. I still am. Odd, though – playing soccer always made me much more anxious than playing tennis. On soccer days, I’d be out of bed by 6 in the morning, all nervous. But I was always calm when it was time for a tennis match. I still don’t know why.

– Rafael Nadal

Is only a tennis match. At the end, that’s life. There is much more important things.

– Rafael Nadal

I’ve stayed calm when I’m winning and I’ve stayed calm when I’ve lost. Tennis is a sport where we have a lot of tournaments every week, so you can’t celebrate a lot when you have big victories, and you cannot get too down when you’re losing, as in a few days you’ll be in the next tournament and you’ll have to be ready with that.

– Rafael Nadal

Being home alone at night makes me a bit nervous. If I’m at home alone, I have to sleep on the sofa – I can’t face going to bed. I’m there with the TV on and all the lights on. I’m not very brave about anything in life. In tennis, yes. In everything else, not very.

– Rafael Nadal

As a tennis player you can win and you can lose, and you have to be ready for both. I practised self-control as a kid. But as you get older they both – winning and losing – get easier.

– Rafael Nadal

Tennis is a hard sport. There is a lot of competition all year and you play alone.

– Rafael Nadal