Rafael Nadal Parera is a Spanish tennis player who emerged in the early 21st century as one of the game’s leading competitors, especially noted for his performance on clay. He won a record 12 career French Open championships. He grew up in a sports-minded family. His uncle Miguel Angel Nadal was a professional association football player who competed in the 2002 World Cup. Rafael began playing tennis at age four, guided by another uncle, Toni Nadal, who remained his coach on the professional tour. Toppling Andy Roddick—then number two in the world—in a four-set opening-day singles clash, he became the youngest player in the history of the international team competition to win a singles match for a victorious country. EliteColumn brings you 10 handpicked quotes from this renowned sports star to help you achieve your goals.

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