Federer and Nadal. Rafa and Roger. Champ and runner-up.

That’s how Rafael Nadal will go down in history. ¡Vamos Rafa! Nadal has never been one to attract a ton of media attention. Rafa isn’t the generation’s tennis endorsement king, unlike his counterpart. Nadal tells his story through the words of John Carlin in Rafa. Federer’s name is introduced in the autobiography just as much as Rafael Nadal’s name is. There has been a trend in sports in my lifetime that I have realized. The stars of sports come in pairs, one member of the duo is the media hog and the other slips by and you don’t know much about him. Tiger and Phil. The main example.                                                                                                                     

Being able to read a book taking you inside the life of one of the superior athletes of my lifetime that I honestly knew nothing more about him than that he was Spanish. Nadal game from a family that already took up the newspaper to the point where Rafa expresses that there wasn’t a day a Nadal wasn’t in the newspaper.                                                                                                           

The novel really takes you deep inside the mind of a champion. Have you ever wondered what the stress is like going into a tournament expected to win or preparing for a final against a player everyone thinks can beat you? Not often do you read books by the toughest of athletes. Not often do those tough athletes show their emotional side and implant you into the psychological part of their body.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
    Rafa, written by Rafael Nadal, the 10-time Grand Slam winner and John Carlin, a writer for the leading Spanish newspaper, El Pais. Pick up your copy of the book at your local bookstore or online.                                                                                                                                                                                           

Thanks to Hyperion Books for getting me the review copy! Sorry for the delay.