VIDEOS: Rafael Nadal for MAPFRE / "Rafa en Confianza"
Rafa: "Human beings have the need of having some routines and feeling kind of safe by repeating the same things. I'm organized in things I believe that really matter. I'd indeed say that my routine before playing every tennis match match is exactly the same."
"I do everything I have to do, AFA routines is concerned, to get ready for the match & try to repeat them every day to perfection. At a given time, that gives me confidence & calm to know that things will go well, or at least that I'm doing my best for things to go well."
Rafa: "I've had the same physio for almost a lifetime. We've been together since 2006 and the truth is that having a person who's always with you provides you with a great calm & confidence. I'm exposed to any kind of problem, even more so when traveling."
"Thus, we try to do things in the best possible way, so that we avoid getting ill - a flu, having fever - and then having to play. Conditions have to be the best possible, as there is little margin between a win and a loss."
"Besides, he's not only a physio, he's a person I trust, he's the person who, without any doubt, spends more time with me when we're at the tournaments. And when being away from home, I know that he's there to solve even the smallest problem that may be happening."