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Nadal’s success formula: Work hard and work with right people

tennis Updated: Dec 10, 2015 16:02 IST
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Rafael Nadal

Indian Aces player Rafael Nadal returns the ball against the Obi UAE Royals Tomas Berdych during their men's singles match in the International Premier Tennis League on December 7, 2015.(Reuters Photo)

The current season has not been a great one for the 14-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal, but he still believes in the two main principles which has made him the great player he is now - Hard work and right company.

The 30-year old Spaniard says he was no different from other kids when he started out and if he can achieve and relish success at the highest level, others also can.

“When I was a kid, I just dreamt about playing at Roland Garros, at Wimbledon, professional tournaments. I am no different than many kids. My motivation and passion to try to reach that dream was the key to our success. We worked hard with motivation. Kids can do it, if I did it,” the Spanish legend said ahead of the opening IPTL match.

“The only thing I can advise is that try to have right people around you, who know about the sport, who really support you and try to help you reach your best level, practise everyday with motivation and passion.

“I had good people around me. Without (coach and uncle) Tony, nothing was possible. I am lucky that someone from my family is my coach forever. We work hard. We work with passion, with love for what we are doing and just trying to do right things to improve every year. That’s the only secret.”

Nadal endured a very modest 2015 season, which was the first in a decade when he did not win a Grand Slam trophy. He managed to win only only three ATP titles in the entire season although his performance improved after the US Open.

Asked if he could add another Major trophy to his collection, Nadal said he can’t say.

“I don’t know when that is going to happen, I don’t know if that is going to happen. All I need to is to play well.”