Rafael Nadal: 'When things go wrong, I analyze and...'



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Rafael Nadal: 'When things go wrong, I analyze and...'

After a couple of rocky years, Andre Agassi made a fresh start in the late '90s and stayed competitive until the end of his career. The veteran had the opportunity to face the young promise, Rafael Nadal, twice, and suffered two defeats against the world No.

2 in 2005 and 2006. The young Spaniard defeated the American at Canada 2005 and Wimbledon 2006, winning five of six sets and showing off his skills against an eight-time Grand Slam champion. Agassi said he was relieved not to face Nadal in his best years, praising the Spaniard and everything he has achieved.

Nadal was a teenager on a mission in 2005, winning 11 ATP titles in one of the most celebrated seasons for the under-20s. In his debut at Roland Garros, Rafa won his first Major title after beating Roger Federer and Mariano Puerta.

He wrote the history books as the last teenager with a trophy at the highest level. Nadal saved his best tennis for that year's Masters 1000, reaching the Miami final and coming within two points of victory over Roger Federer before falling in five sets.

Rafa conquered the first Masters 1000 a couple of weeks later in Monte Carlo and added another in Rome after an epic victory over Guillermo Coria. After Wimbledon, Rafa won two titles on clay and became the world number 2 before Montreal, where he was the first seed in the absence of Roger Federer.

Playing at a high level, Rafa only suffered a break against Carlos Moyá, Ricardo Mello, Sebastien Grosjean and Paul-Henri Mathieu to advance to his fourth Masters 1000 final of the season. In the title match, youth defeated experience as Nadal ousted Agassi 6-3 4-6 6-2 in one hour and 58 minutes.

Nadal on his approach during crucial phases

In a recent interview with Marca, Rafael Nadal gave an insight into his mindset during tough moments. He believes the "essence of sport" is in never giving up. "As much as people think that I always have confidence, it's not like that, when things go wrong, I often see it very black.

But this is the essence of sport, that although the possibilities are minimal and it seems impossible, you keep fighting, you try for your personal satisfaction of having given you the option of having an opportunity," Nadal said.

He further highlighted his approach during crucial phases in the biggest of matches, explaining that he prefers to take things 'one point at a time.' "When things go wrong, I analyze and I look for solutions. Many times I only think about going for the next point, then for another and sometimes little by little things are equal.

If things go wrong, it is normal for them to end badly, but in a year someone falls on your side," the 14-time French Open champion expressed.