Nadal says family instilled fighting spirit


Indian Wells Masters LIVE: Rafa Nadal has credited his uncle Toni and the rest of his family with teaching him from an early age how to control his emotions on the pitch and fight for every point after his epic win from behind on Saturday at Indian Wells. Follow Indian Wells Masters LIVE updates on InsideSport.IN

Indian Wells Masters LIVE: Rafa Nadal says his family instilled fighting spirit in him

The Spaniard overcame a 5-2 deficit in the third set, beating young American Sebastian Korda 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(3) to advance to the third round of the tournament.

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Indian Wells Masters LIVE: Rafa Nadal says his family instilled fighting spirit in him

“The reason I fought or had the right self-control or the right attitude and the right fighting spirit throughout my tennis career is that I grew up with that kind of thing. education,” Nadal told reporters after the game.

Indian Wells Masters LIVE: Rafa Nadal says his family instilled fighting spirit in him

“My uncle, my family never allowed me to break a racquet, never allowed me to swear or give up a game… the most important thing was the fact that I was raised with the right values.”

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Indian Wells Masters LIVE: The 21-time Grand Slam champion has won all 16 matches this year but, despite all his success, he says he lacks superhuman confidence.

“If people think I’ve been a believer from the start, that I’ll come back, that’s not true. I’m not like that. I don’t have this incredible confidence that even if I’m 5-2, I’m going to come back. No.

“But in my opinion, okay, it’s almost impossible. I don’t want to give up. I’m going to keep trying… just trying to keep going and make it a little harder for the opponent.

Indian Wells Masters LIVE: Korda said he noticed Nadal changed his strategy as he trailed 5-2 with his back against the wall in the third.

“He started playing very differently. He was getting closer to the baseline,” Korda told reporters.

Indian Wells Masters LIVE: Rafa Nadal says his family instilled fighting spirit in him

“I could see he was a little worried and changing tactics. I just wasn’t playing good games and he took advantage of that.

While victory was not certain, Nadal said he would have been had he just gone to bed.

Indian Wells Masters LIVE: “In that position you’re probably going to lose 90 in 100 games,” he said.

“But if you give up, you’ll lose 100. If you’re there, you can earn 10 percent.”

Indian Wells Masters LIVE: Rafa Nadal says his family instilled fighting spirit in him

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