- Age: 30 and in 5 months-approaching 31.
- Rafael Nadal: A player who has a mental edge/grip over you and holds a 18-9 match record against you.
- You have lost the last 5 GS matches in tough circumstances esp the heartbreaking defeats against Tsonga in Wimbledon’11 and then Djokovic in US Open’11 where you were up 2 Match Points up!
- Media is questioning every loss and your skills that are supposed to diminish with age!
- You have not won a GS since Jan 2010.
- Inspite of winning 5 titles (33-2) since October 2011, few people are still questioning your victories: What if Djokovic/Nadal would have been there? Oh wait you won the ATP World Tour Finals but that was played on indoor hard courts so we cannot consider that an actual win (Why- I still fail to understand?)
- Young players are coming up and obviously your tennis skills doesn’t matter as you know life is over after 30; didn’t u know that?
- You are the only one (and along with your family/fans) who believes that you can still win and claim World No.1 by year end
But Does that count since it’s you and only you who knows in your heart that your life has just started! How do you answer all the above Pro’s and Con’s?
Simple: Action speaks louder than words. You go out and win the ATP Masters 1000 tournament where the best players play in order to prove their mastery in tennis including Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. You not only defeat Rafael Nadal, but also stars like Juan Martin Del Potro, John Isner. Ah and don’t forget players who are 5-10 years younger than you- Raonic etc.
And then once you have performed your action: you can back it up with words to inspire your millions of fans in the world to have faith in you as well as in their lives to achieve more and more.
“Sometimes people think so much in the short term. It's a bit unfortunate. Some don't understand how you can play tennis at 30 years old, which is shocking to me, because normally that's still when you're young enough to play some of your best tennis. I think I'm showing that since I turned 30 in August last year.
At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what people say a whole lot, because I care about the fans and I care about, that I can do the pressers relaxed like I am now. The press understands it and I understand the criticism at times, but sometimes it goes a bit too far. I have also got that no problem, but it's just unfortunate that it's also portrayed that way for fans."- RF
It doesn’t matter what people say, what matters is your FAITH and BELIEF! As Dalai Lama once said: “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” 6 titles, 39-2 match record since the crushing defeat in USO11- the run has just started!
As it has been said: “Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstances”. Oh by the way, if you don’t know who I have been talking about: It’s Roger Federer ;).
Adios- See you all soon!