The 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajesek says that the mental attitude is the most important thing in the game and adds that this is the main reason behind Rafael Nadal’s success. In an interview with the Tennis Majors, Krajicek discusses Tim van Rijthoven’s stunning s-Hertogenbosch win.
Van Reethoven, who upset top seed Daniil Medvedev in the S-Hertogenbosch final, snatched his first ATP win and his first title in the same week. Krajicek, the Dutch tennis legend, said he felt Van Reethoven was not the mentally strongest player in the past.
Now, Krajicek feels Van Rijthovn is stronger mentally and that shows in his results. Reflecting on the importance of the mental attitude, Krajek said that Nadal would not have been so successful without his extraordinary mental strength.
Krajicek: Nadal is a great champion because of his mentality
“That’s the most important thing. I mean, if you look at Rafa, he’s a very good player, a great player, but without the mentality he wouldn’t have achieved half of what he did.
Same with Novak. It’s the most important thing – and willingness to work hard, but I have to say Tim has always had that, he’s a very hardworking worker. But how do you deal with some setbacks on the field? There is no match where everything goes the way you want it to, where you win every point.
There are always ups and downs, and how do you deal with it? You have to try to be the best version of yourself. So I think that’s what you always try to tell a player, like look at players who are mentally strong, and understand that sometimes they naturally have that ability as well, but try to be the strongest player you can be.” To compete at Wimbledon, as he seeks to win the 23rd Grand Slam title, a record.