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Nadal Shares Secret to Longevity

The king of clay rules as Masters monarch.

Rafael Nadal steamrolled Daniil Medvedev in the Montreal final to capture his record-extending 35th Masters 1000 championship.

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The 33-year-old Spaniard won Montreal 14 years after defeating Andre Agassi in the 2005 final to collect his first career Rogers Cup championship.

So what's the secret to Rafa's extended run?

The 18-time Grand Slam champion revealed two keys to his longevity: surround yourself with a good team of positive people and be smart enough to listen to to them.

"I think words are important, but most important things are examples that you have around you, people that you have daily around you," Nadal told the media in Montreal. "That's the best advice possible, no? That's it. I think I have always been around good people and good professionals that help me in all terms.

"I think I have been enough humble and smart to listen all the time to the people that are older than me and have a better knowledge than me, of life in general, no, and at the same time on tennis."

Former world No. 1 Carlos Moya and Francisco Roig are Nadal's primary coaches. Uncle Toni Nadal, Rafa's original coach, and Carlos Costa, his agent, are also team contributors and sit on the board of directors of his tennis academy.

Toni Nadal heads the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca.

The world No. 2, who has won an ATP-best 41 matches this season, said surrounding yourself with people willing to tell you what you need to hear rather than what you want to hear is vital to his success.

"Important thing is have a group of people around you that they feel free enough to tell you if you are doing the things right or not right, no?" Nadal said. "When you are changing people around you very often is difficult to find this confidence.


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"Tennis has a problem that normally the player pays the coach and the physio, the team. That sometimes creates an atmosphere that the people who are around the player are little bit more scared about saying the real things to the player, no?

"To build this confidence, the player needs to give them the confidence that they can tell you what is the real thing for them, not what you want to hear all the time. In my opinion, is difficult to build that in a short period of time. If you have the same team for a long time, of course they know that they work are not in danger if they say one thing or another thing."

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