When Rafael Nadal lost to Robin Soderling in the 2009 French Open, he said the reason was he had “lost my calm.”
He also said this:
“Well, that’s the end of the road, and I have to accept it. I have to accept my defeat as I accepted my victories: with calm.”
Cut to: the ATP World Cup final, where Nadal lost all three matches last year, but beat Andy Roddick in the first round this year.
“To finally win a match here is very important for me . . . I can play with a little bit more calm the next match”
The next match is against Novak Djokovic.
The calm before the storm?