This was classic Nadal, killing another opponent with kindness.
Nadal snatched the United States Open from Djokovic just when his opponent thought he was in control of a fierce men’s final on Monday night.
From the New York Times
Then Nadal told him, “You are an amazing player — you will finish your career as one of the best in history.”
Rare is the competitor with his on-court persistence and postmatch elegance. Such a combination cannot be easily understood or explained, mainly compared to the very best of athletes worldwide.
NYTimes: Nadal Inspires Awe After His Victory http://nyti.ms/17SHX0V
Rafael Nadal fits a special mold of athletes, the ones who are gracious winners against their biggest rivals.
How well can we be gracious to our co-workers, our leaders, our rivals?
Yes, nice guys do finish first. In the end, it’s what is best remembered. Go forth, and conquer with such a brand of grace – and elegance!