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“The process is very simple for me: I analyze every day the things that happened and try to fix things,” Nadal assessed. “My team and I, we need to keep improving, and keep doing the things that are working very well. Every day is a different day. What happened the week before or two weeks ago is in the past.

“We were thinking just about the match of today. Now we are thinking about the match of tomorrow. That’s the way that I analyze things. I don’t think if I had a lot of victories in a row. I think that I have another tough match tomorrow, I can go on court and win or lose. Of course, there are always things to improve. I go on court every day to try to make that happen.”

“There are obvious things that are not working well for me. But I have to keep working on them and pray that — and hope that — my game will get stronger, get better as the matches go the distance. Especially [at] such big tournaments against quality players, you’ve got to step in. I tried, but obviously, wasn’t to be today. Hopefully, next one.”

“It’s a great win for me,” said Edmund. “He’s a legend of the game, one of the best tennis players of all time. So, it’s a really good win for me. [I’m] pleased with the way my game’s developing, that I’m able to beat a player like that. It does me the world of good in lots of ways: confidence, belief. It’s just a really good win for me.”

WB: I did some reading on this Zarko Ilic charlatan/provocateur, and it’s worse than I thought. This guy makes Pepe Imaz seem like an elementary school pipsqueak, in part because Ilic speaks the native tongue — all the easier to gain “Karakondjula” Jelena’s acceptance and entry to her husband. He’s got a blog and recently wrote a piece on Novak, entitled “Today Do We Have a Winner?” Here’s the link for the original Serbian version:

For English speakers, I’ve run it through Google Translate and edited for clarity. It will give you a very good idea of the vacuous philosophical garbage thrown at Nole constantly by the cabal around him — which in the end has infected the host and altered his normal brain function. It’s a long-winded read and only worth suffering through if you’re a big Nole fan who wants to understand Nole’s tennis decline and deterioration of his physical and mental health.

I read these days in some newspapers an ugly text, and I see the picture of a beautiful man, with a big heart. I know that everything is written far from the truth, but it’s still hard. I know him, I respect him immensely because of all the virtues he has, and it hurts me that others rinse their mouths with these falsehoods. They say he’s defeated. They say he’s fallen. They say many other things and condemn him.

Ordinary people have inhaled darkness and fear, which has caused them to spout condemnation and hatred. And I know we are not like that, and I know we do it not from malice, but from powerlessness and sorrow and the ignorance to understand our pain and sorrow.

But I do not worry, I know there is goodness and salvation for everyone, you just have to turn towards it and open your heart. In the darkness you are in, you can see the light just by turning towards the one who carries it. Turn your head from the darkness and dust that pours into you.

Do you know about the great statue of the Winner at the Kalemegdan Fortress? He is testament to who we are and how he is, the gentle man of good and brave hearts. The winner at Kalemegdan reminds us of the long forgotten glory of those whose descendents we are. In the twentieth century, we convincingly proved we know how to die in wars, but also that we know how to win. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the whole world knew about a small nation from the Balkans and paid tribute to it. By the end of that same century, we again made the whole world know about us and our small, proud nation. The beginning of the twenty-first century again brought on an attack on our winner, but this time we attacked him ourselves.

We tend to forget that we’re prone to this and it’s always cost us dearly, so let’s remember that and turn it around for the better. Everything starts from us, no one else can be blamed, everything is in our hands. The first step is to turn to something or someone good and let’s just decide to see it only positively so that we can do it well. After that everything becomes different, believe in yourself, or at least learn from the better ones among us. If you focus on a good drop of water in a rough sea, it will drive you to good, prevent you from drowning and help you find your island of salvation. Just begin by deciding how you want it to be and show it. Good begets better and bad begets even worse. If you revel in the happiness of others, you will bring happiness unto yourself. If you cast judgement negatively on someone else, you will attract bad things to yourself. Decide on goodness and it will be so! For once, let’s gather around something positive and that will unify and bring us together.

I’ll tell you a story. I once visited a small Himalayan kingdom. Deep in the mountains of Bhutan, I met an old monk who had a fascinating knowledge of everything, but had no idea where Serbia was. He told me many wise things, but was troubled by not knowing about the place I came from, and how he never even heard of Serbia. My mention of Yugoslavia, Tito and the Non-aligned movement, and naming our neighboring countries did not help either. Then, as a last resort, I mentioned him. The old man jumped up and shouted: “You come from the country of my beloved winner,” and he hugged me tightly. I then regained my faith that the whole world knew about my people and our victories. I was proud!

Everyone loves and respects him, it’s just we who spit on him. But only because we don’t understand. We quickly forget the victories and like to emphasize the unimportant details. We intrude in someone else’s life, dealing with half-truths and misinformation, while we neglect our own.

We are a people who believe in God and as such we cannot commit the greatest sin, that of judging others. Knights and kings, saints and enlighteners, military leaders and scientists who have brought our glory to the world are no longer alive. But He is. He is our 21st century knight. We can help him with support even if we do not understand his losses and the battles he leads. He is our winner and our light.