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Embracing change -- at the heart of Nadal’s success this season

DNMUM396458 | 9/12/2017 | Author : Rutvick Mehta | WC :631



Mumbai: Ever since Rafael Nadal picked up a tennis racquet at the age of four with his beloved Uncle Toni beside him, there has always been a set pattern to everything he does in and around the sport’s periphery.
Be it his game style, training sessions, or, of course, the detailed superstitious routine before every point, game, set and match, Nadal functioned like a well-oiled machine that can devastate humans on a tennis court.
But, for the last two-and-a-half years, that machine was starting to rust, and the humans at the other end of the net were beginning to break it down slowly yet steadily. Despite that, Nadal stuck with his structure for a major part of the period, relying on the tried-and-tested cross court and sometimes do
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