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Rafa: My Story (English)

Author: Rafael Nadal
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Language: English
Length: 320 Pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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Rafa : My Story is an autobiography written by tennis star Rafael Nadal and John Carlin, an award-winning journalist. The book provides an insight into what makes Nadal an ace sportsman, his memories of winning Wimbledon 2008, and a peek into his private life. Nadal describes moments from the French Open and US Open 2010 and all that led him to complete his career Grand Slam.
                                              
Summary Of The Book

What is Rafael Nadal made of, and what motivates him to maintain his winning ways?


The greatest tennis superstar after Andre Agassi, Nadal is an icon of true sportsmanship. What defines him is his talent, coupled with a strong dedication to the sport of tennis. This book explores the personal and professional sides of the sportsman that Nadal is.


The narrative is simple but multi-layered, and Nadal talks about his fond memories associated with the game. He provides a peek into his mind that was during the build-up to the 2008 Wimbledon tournament, where he played the biggest match of his life and defeated Roger Federer. Nadal has elaborated on a few incidents from his private life as well. His childhood and adolescent days, his passion for the sport, and his mindset as a player are those manifested in the book.


Nadal talks about the limited opportunities that a professional athlete has in the short span of his career. He shares his disappointment at losing the 2006 and 2007 Wimbledon games and how he trained himself for his 2008 victory.


With sub-chapters by co-author John Carlin, the book gives an insight into Nadal’s life and victories as a sportsman. It also talks about how Nadal completed his Career Grand Slam.


Rafa: My Story by Rafael Nadal and John Carlin was published in August 2011. The autobiography is an account of Nadal’s life by the star himself.


About The Authors


Rafael Nadal is a major tennis star, and this book is his autobiography.


Nadal was born in the year 1986. He was introduced to the game of tennis at the age of three. His family declined a suggestion for them to move to Barcelona when Rafaeal turned 14 for better training.

 

He beat the tennis legend Roger Federer at the age of 17, during their first clash. He won the French Open four times in a row, and became the only player to have won the tournament during his very first appearance. Titled The King of Clay for his success in clay courts, he won 32 matches in a streak in the year 2008. He also enjoys playing golf. 


John Carlin is a journalist and author who writes about both politics and sports.


Carlin’s other book is Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation. Clint Eastwood’s film Invictus was inspired by this book.


Carlin holds an MA degree in English Language and Literature from Oxford University.

Specifications of Rafa: My Story (English) (Paperback)

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Author Rafael Nadal
Book Details
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint Sphere
Publication Year 2011
ISBN-13 9781847445155
ISBN-10 1847445152
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 320 Pages
Dimensions
Width 29.0 inch
Height 231.0 inch
Weight 570.0 g
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Rafa- A Federer Fan

I have been a Federer fan since the 2001 Wimbledon when he beat Sampras. Till 2005, my adulation for this 'mos graceful' of all tennis players was total and complete. Then I saw Federer playing a fellow in green sleeveless and white 'pirate' pants in the Sony Ericsson tournament. Stretched to five sets, Fed won the match to my relief but lead me to make a note to follow this 'Rafa guy' more closely. As it turned out, I did not have to follow him closely, since he was pretty much everywhere after that. And though I continued to be obsessed with Roger, Rafa was always a very esteemed fellow i... ()

I have been a Federer fan since the 2001 Wimbledon when he beat Sampras. Till 2005, my adulation for this 'mos graceful' of all tennis players was total and complete. Then I saw Federer playing a fellow in green sleeveless and white 'pirate' pants in the Sony Ericsson tournament. Stretched to five sets, Fed won the match to my relief but lead me to make a note to follow this 'Rafa guy' more closely. As it turned out, I did not have to follow him closely, since he was pretty much everywhere after that. And though I continued to be obsessed with Roger, Rafa was always a very esteemed fellow i...
I have been a Federer fan since the 2001 Wimbledon when he beat Sampras. Till 2005, my adulation for this 'mos graceful' of all tennis players was total and complete. Then I saw Federer playing a fellow in green sleeveless and white 'pirate' pants in the Sony Ericsson tournament. Stretched to five sets, Fed won the match to my relief but lead me to make a note to follow this 'Rafa guy' more closely. As it turned out, I did not have to follow him closely, since he was pretty much everywhere after that. And though I continued to be obsessed with Roger, Rafa was always a very esteemed fellow in my eyes. So much so that I would say that if it comes to betting my life on it, I'd rather have Rafa playing that match than Roger.

With that backdrop, and veiled adulation that I had for Rafa for years, I got down to reading this autobiography. And, boy, what a roller coaster rider it proved to be. The narrative is simple to follow, but extremely layered. The entire childhood, growing up of Rafa is intertwined with the various moments of 2008 W final. It gives a perspective of just what had gone into Rafa holding that trophy aloft, just what made him triumph on that day when lesser mortals would have cut losses and exited. He then describes the 2010 USO final, in much, much lesser detail, but highlighting some important things that shaped Rafa to complete his career grandslam, in the backdrop of his parents' divorce.

Rafa comes across as an honest, hardworking, down to earth, charming fellow in his post match interviews. The book just highlights that is not a PR charade, it is what it is.

If you have even slightest bit of interest in tennis, in general, and Rafa, in particular, I assure you that you would really like this book. And you would see Rafa in a tennis match in a whole new light.

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It is a must have for all Rafael Nadal fans. The book mainly deals with the Wimbledon Final of 2008 which has been called by many greats as the Greatest Final ever..In each and every chapter he describes one set with a few incidents of his life. In different chapters Rafa has given his side of the story along with a sub-chapter by the co-author John Carlin.

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Amazing

What an amazing read. Whatta man rafa :)
This is a must read for all rafa fans !



Great book . Takes us through Rafas thought process , his life and his childhood .

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THIS SHOULD NOT BE MISSED...

The book is as great as the author himself...simmple and honest in its narrative,it definitely matches the personality of this phenomenal sportsman.If you are a Rafa fan thn by the end of the book you will be proud to be in love with such an amazing man..having the book at your bedside will make u feel having a part of Rafa with you...A must have.

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Rafa - My Story

Very intriguing and enriching read about Rafa's mind. Can???t put the book down if you are interested to know what goes in a player's mind of Rafa's caliber. What is he thinking before the match, during the match....how does he handle all the pressure... how were his upbringing years... how did he win the 10 Grandslams at such young age. Must have for all wannabe sports kids, dare to dream achievers??? and all those who want to explore their mind???s capabilities and horizons. The biggest learning from this book is you will achieve whatever you want to achieve with single minded, relentless... ()

Very intriguing and enriching read about Rafa's mind. Can???t put the book down if you are interested to know what goes in a player's mind of Rafa's caliber. What is he thinking before the match, during the match....how does he handle all the pressure... how were his upbringing years... how did he win the 10 Grandslams at such young age. Must have for all wannabe sports kids, dare to dream achievers??? and all those who want to explore their mind???s capabilities and horizons. The biggest learning from this book is you will achieve whatever you want to achieve with single minded, relentless...
Very intriguing and enriching read about Rafa's mind. Can???t put the book down if you are interested to know what goes in a player's mind of Rafa's caliber. What is he thinking before the match, during the match....how does he handle all the pressure... how were his upbringing years... how did he win the 10 Grandslams at such young age. Must have for all wannabe sports kids, dare to dream achievers??? and all those who want to explore their mind???s capabilities and horizons. The biggest learning from this book is you will achieve whatever you want to achieve with single minded, relentless devotion to your goals ignoring all roadblocks.

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Not a page-turner but surely a view into his life!

Book is centered on the epic wimbeldon final he won against Roger and the things surrounding it and culiminating to it.

It surely isnt racing, exciting but gives you a glimpse of the hard work, injuries, ups and downs a sportsman has to face!
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Vamos Rafa !!

For a die-hard Rafa fan, it doesn't get better than this. Great work by Rafa off court too, written in the most humble and simple way that it kept me engrossed till the last page. No wonder i wrapped it up in 2 days !! An inside out xerox of Rafa's life and how exactly a good soccer player was mo... (View complete review)

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To the Titan!

This is for the "Vamos Brigade",truly a insider account of what makes a true champion rooted to the values imbibed. Right from the visceral account that Rafa gives of what transpired at the "The best match every Played", to the in and outs of the mortal that we hardly know off... (View complete review)

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See Rafa as he is..

Its really amazing to see Rafa grow into the phenomenon that he is today... And if taken into perspective the achievements that he has today, when you read the book you tend to fully agree with Moya's prediction about Rafa...

A brilliantly put together read... Shows Rafa's various shades of lif...
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