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With candor, heart, and intelligence, Rafael Nadal takes readers on his life's dramatic and triumphant journey, never losing sight along the way of the prize he values above all others: the unity and love of his family. In this memoir, written with award-winning journalist John Carlin, Nadal, one of the greatest players in the history of tennis, reveals the secrets of his game and shares the inspiring personal story behind his success. From the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, where he was coached by his uncle Toni from the age of four, to becoming the youngest professional tennis player ever to win all four Grand Slam titles, Nadal has managed the uncommon feat of being an acclaimed global celebrity while remaining an unfailingly gracious, relentlessly hardworking role model for people in all walks of life.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2011
New York : Hyperion, 2011
ISBN: 9781401324513
Branch Call Number: 796.342 NADAL NADAL
Characteristics: x, 250 pages [16] pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Carlin, John 1956-
Notes: Includes index


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Jul 09, 2014

great insight into how Rafa trains and prepares for matches. covers a few of his career highlight matches but not much more. the first chapter is the best and the rest of the book is "meh".

Aug 01, 2012

Rafa is an extraordinary athlete and an awesome person. I expected a whole lot more from this book and it did not deliver - pity.

Jul 25, 2012

This book gave good insight into Rafa but I agree with piperfriday2 that it was a bit of a bore. You really have to love tennis to enjoy this book. I have not always been a huge Rafa fan but this book has changed my perspective a little bit.

Jul 23, 2012

A very enjoyable book for tennis lovers. You get to see what goes into Rafa's mind before a big match, why he does the rituals, how he prepares, his core group who accompany him to games, etc.

piperfriday2 Nov 07, 2011

This one's for very serious and knowledgeable tennis fans only. No fun anecdotes, no presentation of the tennis world or how it all works behind the scenes. This is single-focus on how Rafa trains, and how he feels, point by point, in matches of high importance to him - it turns out most of them are. So we learn how stoic he is, how motivate, how he plays through pain, and we are introduced to his physical therapist, etc., without getting to know them. Much repetition. Also, the voice is all John Carlin, the hired-gun writer, and does not seem at all the voice of Rafa. I read every word because I love tennis, but it's a big bore.

Oct 19, 2011

This book is great if you want an in-depth look at how Rafa Nadal was feeling during the final of 08 Wimbledon vs. Roger Federer. It also gives a pretty deep look into the Australian Open/ US Open finals that Rafa has won. It does not go into depths about Rafael Nadal's biggest losses. There are parts in this book where you have to be a really big Rafael Nadal fan to be able to power through it, which I am so I enjoyed it throughly. There are a lot of great stories and insights regarding Nadal's coach, Toni Nadal, as well as info on his mom, dad, sister and girlfriend who are seldom talked about.


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Oct 19, 2011

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