Rafael Nadal: 'You need to fight, not break rackets when you are down'


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Rafael Nadal: 'You need to fight, not break rackets when you are down'

Rafael Nadal has always stood out for his fighting spirit. The Spaniard kept delivering his best level despite going 1-5 down against Daniil Medvedev in the third set. Nadal believes this is just something normal. "Examples are every day.

And in my opinion, the example is not the comeback, because the comeback is -- of course you need to be there and you need to keep fighting, but the example, in my opinion, is not break a racquet when you are 5-1 in the third or not be out of your self-control when the things are not going the right way.

Just staying positive, staying on court, accepting that the opponent is playing a little bit better than you and accepting that you are not that good," said the 33-year-old. "That's the only example, no? Because sometimes the frustration comes when you believe and you consider yourself too good and you don't accept the mistakes that you are doing.

So something that not happen to me very often, and I know I can have mistakes and I normally accept it. That's the only thing. And for me that's the only example that I can try to tell the guys. Don't consider themself too good.

Accept the mistakes, because everybody have mistakes and you need to keep going after the mistakes. That's the only way." Nadal's last round-robin match will be against Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday. Nadal still has a chance to finish the year as the world no.

1. If Roger Federer defeats Novak Djokovic in their round-robin match on Thursday, Federer will reach the semi-final, and Djokovic will be ousted thereby helping Nadal end the year ranked no. 1 in the world.