Written by Senior Tennis Editor Peter Gehr
Tony Nadal’s tennis mental toughness training for Rafael Nadal needs to break through a particular barrier, and that barrier is Novak Djokovic. The world No. 1 started the season with the Australian Open singles title after a marathon 6 hour game against Nadal. Rafa put up a fight and his never-give-up spirit was still not able to break through the Serbian resistance.
The concern was written all over Uncle Tony’s face as the battle progressed in front of a capacity crowd at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena. There have been several such defeats such as this for the Spaniard, and cracking the Serbian nut is the challenge that Nadal and his team need to address. It was obvious that the world No. 2 was playing at his best over those 6 grueling hours of tennis, but it was not enough to topple the man at the top of his game. A new mental toughness strategy is needed to rise above and up the ante to a whole new level of tennis training.
Tony Nadal’s Tennis Mental Toughness Training for Rafael Nadal
Rafa’s Coach and Uncle Toni Nadal thinks beating World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will be a huge step rather than winning more ATP Tour titles in 2012 season.
Toni Nadal said Rafael Nadal should play hard to beat his rival Novak Djokovic, who had won seven championship finals so far including three Grand Slams at US Open, Wimbledon in 2011 and Australian Open this year. He added Rafa has been playing very anxious on the court, while facing five-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic.
The World number 2 Rafael Nadal will participate in the Davis Cup tie, schedule to begin from 6th to 8th April in Spain. Toni Nadal feels it’s very interesting to see Nadal in Indian Wells and Miami Masters, where he needs to win the ATP tournaments this month. Nadal is also preparing well for the 2012 Summer Olympics, which will begin from 27th July in London and would like to get 100 percent fit, before competing in the Olympics.
Toni Nadal joked on Rafael Nadal that, he wants to present a book ‘Dare’ by Fernando Bottle, where his nephew can beat Novak Djokovic by reading this book. Djokovic has begun the 2012 season with incredible form and it’s very tough to beat him at the moment says Toni Nadal.
10-time Grand Slam champion Nadal will return back to action at 2012 BNP Paribas Masters tournament in Indian Wells, schedule to kick off on 5th March. Click here to visit the original source of this post
Tony Nadal’s tennis mental toughness training for Rafael Nadal will need to incorporate a fresh approach to his game. The domination of Djokovic is a huge mind tennis obstacle for Nadal to overcome, and unless completely innovative and progressive strategies are implemented within the new training regimen, we may see repeat defeats due to lack of change in performance. Nadal and his team need to manifest this sort of change in Indian Wells, and the outcome will reveal whether or not a successful new strategy has the power to turn the tide.