Rafael Nadal and the 25 Most Intimidating Tennis Players of All Time

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Rafael Nadal and the 25 Most Intimidating Tennis Players of All Time
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According to the Oxford Dictionaries “Intimidate” means “frighten or overawe (someone), especially to make them do what one wants.”

In the history of tennis there are players who, despite their technical attributes, are able to put extra pressure on their opponents by making them feel uncomfortable, thanks to elements such as aggressiveness, physicality and intangibles like strength of personality and on court behavior.

Intimidation is not a must ingredient to success and technical quality alone is not an intimidating factor, which explains the absence of some great names in this list.

Usually, intimidation is closely related to charisma and the ability to produce entertaining and even controversial performances.

The order in which the players are presented is subjective, as is the theme of this analysis. The core and main goal of this article is the attempt to explain what makes a player intimidating.

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