World No. 4 Iga Swiatek says Rafael Nadal's mindset is something that players should look up to as the Spaniard showed at the Australian Open how to respond when everything seems to be against you. World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev was up by two sets, had a 3-2 lead in the third set and three consecutive break points on Nadal's serve but the Spaniard recovered to win in five sets and claim a record 21st Grand Slam title.
Swiatek, who was beaten in the Australian Open semifinal, admitted she would have doubted herself if she was in Nadal's position. "Never give up. I knew that Rafa's mindset is that way, it has been that way for 20 years," Swiatek told The Times of India.
"He never gives up. In a match like the Australian Open final, I would've doubted myself, many other players would've doubted themselves too. But he was just focused on going forward, finding a solution. Being positive switched the dynamics of the match."
Swiatek works with a sports physchologist
Swiatek is just 20 but already a Grand Slam champion and a top-5 player. Swiatek travels with sports psychologist Daria Abramowicz and admits working with a professional has helped her tennis career.
The life on the Tour is demanding and having someone to talk to absolutely helps. "Not many people have a mental coach, and even fewer talk about it," Swiatek said. "I've never understood why because it's a part of preparation, like the physical, doing physiotherapy maybe.
You take care of your body but you also have to take care of your mind. I'm glad that Daria Abramowicz is traveling with me. If she wasn't on Tour with me, she wouldn't get what I feel. When she's here everyday, it's better to work together."