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Rafael Nadal v Andrey Rublev: ATP Finals – live! – The Guardian

Rafael Nadal v Andrey Rublev: ATP Finals – live! – The Guardian

“Even if you take other sportsmen or athletes, they can have bad days. But because maybe the team is good, they are still winning. In tennis, if you are having a really bad it is really tough to find a way [to win] and compete like nothing happened.

[Rafa] has done this during all his career. For me he is the best athlete, not even in tennis, the best athlete in history.

Every player, even Roger [Federer] or even Novak [Djokovic], they had one moment in their career when they were mentally a little bit down or they could get a little bit emotionally down during the match and, if something happens, they could lose or something,” Rublev said. “Rafa is the only one player in history that it doesn’t matter how he feels, bad or good. In the end he always finds a way to win.

If he is not winning, he is losing in three sets after three hours if it is not a Grand Slam. If it is a Grand Slam, it is going to be five hours and [against] the players that are really good… I don’t know how it is possible to be this strong mentally during all his career.”

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