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Despite Rafael Nadal’s French Open nightmare, Mark Webber finds stunning parallel with Lewis Hamilton after British GP history

Despite Rafael Nadal’s French Open nightmare, Mark Webber finds stunning parallel with Lewis Hamilton after British GP history
Despite Rafael Nadal’s French Open nightmare, Mark Webber finds stunning parallel with Lewis Hamilton after British GP history

Since Rafael Nadal‘s debut in 2005, the Stade Roland Garros is like a second home for the legend. His records on the red clay court are ridiculous. With a winning percentage of 96.5%, the Spaniard has defined tennis in his own way. His supposed last time on the same court, however, ended in a downright nightmare. Even before the legend stepped onto Court Philippe-Chatrier, the crowd started cheering “Vamos Rafa!”

This is the kind of madness that this living tennis legend has among his fans. But as the match began and eventually progressed, there was a strange nervousness in the crowd. The excitement had diminished because ‘the’ Rafael Nadal – King of the French Open, had slipped. Despite having put up a tough fight, the battle was lost. German Alexander Zverev played checkmate on Nadal. If the match was Nadal’s last on French soil, it was not the farewell he had dreamed of. Besides, tennis is a brutal sport with little room for sentimentality.

However, a single lost match or a series of such lost matches does not define the career of an icon. Nadal has given his fans immense joy, endless memories and a legacy to look up to. In light of Rafael Nadal’s nightmarish exit from the French Open, former F1 star Mark Webber noted that he found surprising connections between this event and Lewis hamiltonBritish GP victory, saying Hamilton “like a shark in the ocean that smells blood” ending a two-and-a-half-year streak without a win.

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Mark Webber compares Lewis Hamilton to tennis legend Rafael Nadal

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Do you think Rafael Nadal’s problems at Roland Garros are similar to Lewis Hamilton’s recent challenges in Formula 1?

Yes, both are legends who are going through hard times

No, their situations are different

I’m not sure, but they’re both still great

Mark Webber tied the King of Silverstone with the King of the French Open. Hamilton’s victory was long in coming. It was so emotional that there were tears between him and his fans at the end of the race. Webber saw the emotion and hunger in the 39-year-old to achieve success anyway. Comparing Hamilton to Rafael Nadal in terms of ‘micro doubts’, he said: “For a man of his caliber, that (victory) is obviously huge.”

Webber added: “And also for an individual like him, when you have a trophy cabinet like his, with more than 100 wins, but he still has that paranoid perfection, those micro-doubts that people like Rafa Nadal talk about, (wondering to himself) “Can I still do this?” Lewis Hamilton sets the bar high and raises it higher; his victory at the British Grand Prix 2024 was one of his greatest moments, and marked his final visit to Mercedes. He took the lead from the start and did a great job, taking his 104th F1 victory. Moreover, it was his first in 945 days since the 2021 Saudi GP.

via Reuters

Confidence is a part of human existence. And no one is ever saved from the same. Whether it’s Lewis Hamilton or Rafael Nadal, a sudden dip in their performance in the sport they’ve ruled for years brings up the “can I do it?” angle. Their legacy and records, however, speak volumes against their doubts. And it’s no exaggeration to say that it will take generations to break the records that Lewis Hamilton and Rafael Nadal have set in their respective sports.

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