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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 (Paperback)

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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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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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 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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Beyond Amazing!

Firstly, great delivery from Flipkart. This was one of the first books I bought from this site and I can assure you there will be many more to come. Very good packaging, and a very good price for such an amazing book.

I am a tennis player myself, and am a bigger fan of Federer than Nadal. I have to say, this book truly is amazing, even if you are not a tennis player. Well, if you are, this is THE BOOK for you! It is based on the 2008 Wimbledon Final, the biggest match of his life and undoubtedly one of the biggest in tennis history.

Not only was this a good read, it was informative and highly inspirational for me as I am a tennis player myself, as I mentioned earlier. It really helps you learn a lot, mentally, as it gives you a very deep insight into the minds of who is without doubt not only one of the greatest to have ever steppes on a tennis court, but also the strongest player, mentally, which is as most of us know the major reason for his success despite massive and numerous injury scares.

To sum it up, a MUST BUY, something that will stay with you for long after you have finished reading the book.

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Hit Rafa 100 times, HE will hit you back for 101 times ! Vamos!

I am neither a tennis player nor a tennis fan, I am a fan of The Rafa, as a human being.

The book deals with the early life of Rafa, the MAKING of Rafa, i would love to call him The Man of Steel ! You will understand this when you read the book.

The book explains in depth, what you need to be a true, warrior like sportsman, always enduring yourself even if there is slightest margin of your winning. You play a sport only when you give 100% of your sporting nature.

It also tells us that no matter how Physically strong you are, you need to be Mentally strong, to strive in this world!!! or in this case Tennis!

You might not come across such a down to earth person such as Rafa!!! The book also focuses on the family ties, their inter-personal relationship that helped Rafa to Flourish and attain this podium, no one ever dreamed of, not even his own uncle Toni!!

Self beleif, a lot of motivation, supportive team members and bonding between them, is what is needed to be a Champ !

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Excellent book , great to read - should have been hardbound

First of all the book was delivered in excellent condition.

The great thing about biographies of great achieving and loved personalities is that they immediately give you encouragement and steps to do something big and meaningful in your own life.

Reading this book gives you a great understanding of difference between super talented and Champions[Nadal,Federer].
Their mental strength.How Nadal reached those mental strengths made him the champion and not his physical power.

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Book is an excellent narration right from Nadal's childhood where he is trained physically and mentally to the extent of cruelty by his uncle who never let him feel over-achieved or successful.

Also how a man with nerves of steel is overprotective of and over protected by his family which shaped his personality and keeps his feet on the ground.

Must recommended to sports lovers , inspiration seeks and those who have talent but reach only the 2nd best spot.

Thanks RAFA for being so candid in the book.

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Very Low Grasping ability of author

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