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Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, and Michael Jordan. While those names are famous for their legendary status within the confines of their sport, there is another reason; they are all nearly mentally unassailable.
Meet number four on this list. Mr. Rafael Nadal. Few in the history of any sport can match Nadal's mental fortitude. What makes Rafael Nadal so mentally strong is the combination of absolute confidence and his willingness to do anything necessary in a match to win.
The great thing about Nadal is that when he sets his sights on something he truly wants, it's almost inevitable that at some point he will get it.
First he wanted to win a grand slam and he did for four straight years at Roland Garros.
Next he wanted Wimbledon. He failed on two consecutive attempts against Federer in the finals before prevailing in the greatest match of all-time in 2008.
He wanted an Olympic Gold medal and got it that same year.
Next he wanted a slam title on a hard court and did that in the Australian Open in 2009 against Federer yet again.
The list seemingly goes on and on and on.
Tell Nadal he can't win the U.S. Open. Go ahead and tell him. I dare you because what Nadal wants, he gets. Maybe not this year. Maybe not even next year, but at some point his will to get it will pull all before him down for the crown.
His will is as legendary as his forehand. Maybe even more.