It’s hard to imagine a bigger disappointment for Rafael Nadal, a great champion and a two-time Wimbledon winner, than losing in the first round of this tournament yesterday to a 135 ranked player in the world. His post-defeat interview however proves what a great champion he is. Nadal’s humility, not being overconfident in his future results, and his reluctance to blame his obviously bad knee for his poor performance yesterday are yet another testament to his great personality.
These days, when we are all about coming up with excuses for why we don’t do or achieve what we want or what we should, Nadal’s attitude is a great lesson and a reminder to all of us, how a champion should act. Winning is hard, but accepting defeat with grace is so much harder and so much more admirable.