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“We Have A Great Story Together”- Rafael Nadal speaks on friendship – All You Need to Know-

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There is nothing that this writer can write that hasn’t already been written on the legendary rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

For the past decade and a half, both these players have clashed against each other in iconic battles that defined men’s tennis of an entire era. Their matches pulled in record crowds and their fanbases went beyond the realms of tennis.

In fact, their charity match in South Africa brought a crowd of over 51,000, which broke the all-time record. Rafa went on to describe the kind of relationship that the two stars have developed after years of competition.

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What did Rafael Nadal say?
This is what Rafael Nadal had to say about his relationship with Roger Federer –

“We’re having a great story together. We have had long careers. Facing each other in the most important tournaments for such a very, very long time. Creating positive things for charity, playing in special events like we did in Cape Town in South Africa like we did a few weeks again. It’s a rivalry, of course, but it’s also a friendship.”

This pretty much sums up the brilliant relationship between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. While they are the toughest competitor you will find on the court, they are pretty good friends off it. Their camaraderie was on full display in the charity event that they were a part of in South Africa.

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However, their careers are on pretty different tangents currently. While Federer has had to suffer an unfortunate knee injury because of which he will be out till Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal recently won the ATP 500 event in Acapulco.

Their grand slam race looks closer than ever with Rafa breathing down the neck of Federer. He sits at 19 while Federer is at 20. In fact, the next grand slam will be Roland Garros, which is the preferred surface of Rafael Nadal. Things look to be going southwards for the fans of Roger Federer.

Rafael Nadal’s tennis rituals, superstitions or obsessions?
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Many tennis players pursue strange rituals, though the Spanish second Seed, Rafael Nadal could easily top the list as he has dozens of unusual daily routines on course during practices and matches. Although fans adore Rafael Nadal’s tennis rituals, many expressed scepticisms that the rituals of Rafael Nadal could be stemmed from Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD), however, Nadal never committed to the popular judgement.

As a matter of fact, Mallorcan maverick got a bucket list of superstitions which he called his routines and could help him stay focused in the games. Even though the Spanish who lassoed down 19 major titles during his career, denied he had OCD, there are certain things that Nadal would have to do in a certain and accurate manner.

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Earlier this week, Rafael Nadal shared his opinion regarding the acts he would just have to do before, after and during the matches, as the world’s No. 2 spilled, “When I do these things, it means I’m focused…I put the two bottles at my feet, in front of my chair on my left, one behind the other, in a diagonal direction from the field.

Some call it superstition, but it is not. If it was superstition, why would I keep doing the same thing over and over, whether I win or lose? It is a way of placing myself in a match, of ordering my environment to match the order I am looking for in my head.

It’s something you start to do, it’s like a routine. When I do these things, it means I’m focused, I’m competing – it’s something I don’t need to do, but when I do it, it means I’m focused. ” Followings are the known series of rituals performed by Nadal, thought critics usually say he has many more hidden up in his sleeves.

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  • Taking a freezing shower precisely 45 minutes before a match
  • Wearing both socks at the same height (He often checks out whether the socks are misplaced)
  • Carrying a racket in the ground and five others in the bag
  • Taking off the jackets while jumping or facing audiences
  • Placing the bottles at a particular position
  • Jumping with the net during the draw
  • Crossing the touchline only with the right foot (Nadal often tries to avoid stepping on it)
  • Nadal always takes a sip at his energy drink at first and then the water bottle, always in the same order.

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