‘Rafa Nadal is a mental beast – you can learn a lot from him,’ says rising ATP star

Spanish youngster Alejandro Davidovich Fokina has described Rafael Nadal as a ‘mental beast,’ admitting he has employed a psychologist to help him emulate it. 

Along with Carlos Alcaraz, Davidovic Fokina is the biggest hope Spain has of another top player once Rafael Nadal retires, not that there is any sign of that happening any time soon.

Nadal has been able to maintain a position in the world top ten for over 15 years, despite his brushes with injuries, and Davidovic Fokina believes much of that is down to his mentality.

“We all have our different pasts,” Davidovic Fokina told AS.

“Mentality in tennis is of very high importance. Then the talent, the physical, influences.

“In Spain we have a player, Rafa Nadal, who is a mental beast. You can learn a lot from him by watching how he manages the matches.

Davidovic Fokina has been working with psychologist Antonio de Dios for some time now, and he believes it has been a large factor in his rise in the rankings to just outside the top 50.

“We’ve been together for eight years and I’ve been listening to him and paying attention to him from less to more.

“Years ago my mind was still out of place and now I see that sports psychology is fundamental, because it solves many frustrations and internal fights that in the end are silly and you should not have them.

“If I miss a ball, I know that afterwards there is another point, for example. If you train those things, the results are coming.”

Please follow Tennisbuzz on Twitter and Instagram, and you can like us on Facebook by clicking here.

For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.

Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?

Other News

‘What Novak Djokovic has accomplished is unthinkable – he has raised the level,’ says Stefanos Tsitsipas

Self-confessed Roger Federer fan Stefanos Tsitsipas says Novak Djokovic has done 'unthinkable things' in raising the level of tennis. Watch any Stefanos Tsitsipas match and...

Marian Vajda: ‘I’m sorry I was not at Australian Open, but watching Novak Djokovic win was a pleasure’

Marian Vajda has said he is sorry he was not with Novak Djokovic in Australia, but it was 'a pleasure' to watch him from...

‘My dream is to be like Roger Federer,’ says world’s top junior as he sets out to make his mark

Holger Rune, the world's top ranked junior player, has set his sights on emulating his 'greatest idol' Roger Federer. Rune was born just weeks before...

‘Roger Federer has five main goals for 2021,’ says Grand Slam legend

Bjorn Borg, who has developed a close relationship with Roger Federer through the Laver Cup, says the Swiss star has five main goals for...

REMEMBER WHEN: Great Britain tried to recruit a teenage Novak Djokovic

There can be little room for doubt that Novak Djokovic and Serbia are intrinsically intertwined, such is the passion with which the world number...

‘Every time I lose I’m getting told to retire’ – Andy Murray lifts lid on mental struggles

Andy Murray has lifted the lid on the mental torments associated with his attempted comeback from hip surgery. Murray was world number one when the...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Don't miss a thing from Tennisbuzz - get all the latest tennis news, exclusive content and competitions, and tennis trivia teasers all delivered to your inbox.

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here