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Rafa: My Story | Hardback

Released on 18 August 2011

Author: Rafael Nadal | Format: Hardback

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No tennis player since Andre Agassi has captivated the world like Rafael Nadal. He's a rarity in today's sporting arena - a true sportsman who chooses to let his raw talent, dedication and humility define him. Rapidly closing in on his friend and rival Roger Federer's record haul of 16 grand slam victories, Nadal is an extraordinary competitor whose ferocity on court is made even more remarkable by his grace off it. This book takes us to the heart of Nadal's childhood, his growth as a player, and his incredible career. It includes memorable highs and lows, from victory in the 2008 Wimbledon final - a match that John McEnroe called the 'greatest game of tennis ever played' - to the injury problems that have frequently threatened his dominance of the sport, to becoming the youngest player of the open era to complete a career Grand Slam in 2010. It transports us from Nadal's lifelong home on the island of Majorca to the locker room of Centre Court as he describes in detail the pressures of competing in the greatest tournament in the world.It offers a glimpse behind the racquet to learn what really makes this intensely private person - who has never before talked about his home life - tick. And it provides us with a story that is personal, revealing and every bit as exciting as Nadal himself.

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 This book makes for a very good read.

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The way the chapters are arranged, one by Rafa and the next by John Carlin makes it more interesting. I found it quite sad when Rafa bared his soul about his fears and insecurities but this all makes him just the special person that he is. His upbringing has been an eye opener. I really enjoyed this book.

 An interesting read

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You wouldn't be reading this unless you are a Rafa fan and contemplating spending a few hours reading his life story in book form. I have read about half so far so this isn't a complete review, however so far I can say it is very insightful. The whole story basically is based around the 2008 Wimbledon epic final with Federer with chapters breaking it up to discuss his family life and more information about his early years growing up to become a tennis superstar. I would recommend this book to any Nadal fans out there but don't expect it to be more interesting than Agassi's more experienced book "Open"

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AuthorRafael Nadal & John Carlin
PublisherLittle, Brown Book Group (United Kingdom)
Year2011
ISBN9781847445148
FormatHardback - 320 Pages
IllustrationsSection: 16, colour pix