Rafa Nadal has been an exemplary role model, displaying resilience and self-belief in this golden era of tennis.
Many questioned whether his physicality and unique playing style, combined with unfortunate injuries would lead to early retirement. Was it sustainable for him to continue performing at that intensity?
He had to adapt exceptionally in at least three areas:
1. In the way he moved and his level of intensity.
2. He adapted his technique and transformed his serve into a weapon.
3. Finally, he had to minimise his elaborate pre-point routines to whittle it down to the required 25 seconds.
As 2020 draws to a close, Rafa now holds 20 Grand Slam titles and there are more on the horizon.
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