Yesterday, Rafael Nadal won his ninth French Open title. That record looked under threat when he dropped the first set as his usually fearsome forehand let him down.
I waited “around” on the TV until after the interviews and awards ceremony to listen to John McEnroe ask Rafa the all-important question: “What happened in the first set?”
Rafa replied: “I lost my coordination. My timing was off. The conditions were very difficult. It is always challenging playing Novak (Djokovic). It was very emotional and physical. I had to dig down deep to keep fighting.”
How does Nadal recoup?
Rafa never forgets to rely on his team – trusted companions and advisors made up of lifelong friends, family and his career-long coach, Uncle Tony.
What if we were to find ourselves momentarily on the other side of victory? We are never alone. Reach out to your team. They will always have your back – that’s what brings you through those tough times after when you’ve “dropped a set” and the rest of the game is ahead of you.