Saturday, October 16, 2010

09.27.2010 ノンフィクション:Documentary on Rafael Nadal

A few days ago, a Japanese documentary on Rafael Nadal was aired. Some of the information is common knowledge to his fans, but the documentary is very well made and does delve into a more personal aspect of Nadal that has rarely if ever been seen. Thanks to I was able to watch the documentary online, and I thought I'd provide a translation here (the syntax might seem a bit strange because Japanese grammatical construction is very different from the English construction, and the narration was scripted to fit the purposes of a dramatic documentary). Please don't repost this somewhere without permission!
Male Narrator: The man who holds the No. 1 ranking in men's tennis, with a body like steel and an inimitable extreme playing style: Rafael Nadal, age 24. By winning the US Open this year, he achieved a Career Grand Slam. For this man who at a young age grabbed glory and honed his mental strength, technique, and physique, there was a large obstacle. This is the world's first in-depth documentary on Nadal. A Man of the Sun: Rafael Nadal. The Origins of the No. 1 Tennis Player in the World.

Female Narrator: Spain, Majorca. He was born and continues to live on this island. Ranked No. 1 in the world, Rafael Nadal created history in 2010.

(US Open)
Male Commentator: He has etched his name into a new history! Rafael Nadal!

Female Narrator: September 13, his first US Open victory. Winning all four Grand Slams, he accomplished a Career Grand Slam. His daily life is certainly amazing. Despite being a champion, from his coach come these words:

(tennis court)
Uncle Toni: If you can't do it with full effort, don't do it. This is completely different than before. It's absurd that the French Open and Wimbledon champion would have problems in training.

Rafael Nadal: My problem is that if I start to miss a little, I can't stop.

Uncle Toni: Then practice until you are completely tired out. Renew your attitude and train yourself.

Female Narrator: Does he have no limits?

(in the car)
Rafael Nadal: Training will become more and more difficult from here. Today was normal.

Female Narrator: His play surpasses imagination.

(Australian Open)
Male Commentators: Ooh... it's in! He sent it back! Nadal's super shot!

(Australian Open)
Male Commentators: He returns that. And he also gets that back. Wow! Now that is amazing!

Female Narrator: In 2005, at age 19, he entered and won the French Open for the first time. And then four successive victories. He is the second in history to achieve this, after Bjorn Borg. In 2008, in his third final, he won Wimbledon for the first time. And at the Beijing Olympics, the gold medal. At the young age of 24, he has nine Grand Slam victories. And yet his charm does not come only from his glowing career history.

(receiving the Dragonball)
Female Narrator: When we give him the Dragonball as a gift from Japan:

Rafael Nadal: I've loved Dragonball since I was a kid! I have all the volumes.

Female Narrator: A smile as if he is a young boy--that is a large part of his appeal. His nickname is "Rafa." "Rafa," because he is Rafael. A life-sized champion, he does occasionally forget his smile.

Rafael Nadal: I compete to the edge of my abilities!

Female Narrator: For the first time ever (documentary-wise) we have covered him in depth.

Female Narrator: Summer in Majorca. The hot days that lead up to his last remaining crown, the US Open. Life with those important to him. The secret to his strength. And his heart that he exposed to us.

(interview setting)
Rafael Nadal: My parents divorced, and things got difficult. In my tennis life, the only moment I have been crushed by the pressure was that fourth set.

Female Narrator: The crisis that only his coach knew.

Uncle Toni: Rafa said, "I can't play in the final. I can't do it anymore."

Female Narrator: Rafael Nadal, his true self. We could grasp who he truly is because we were on the island where he was born and raised.

Rafael Nadal: I love the sun. The sun is always shining on this island.

Female Narrator: Spain's Majorca Island, floating in the Mediterranean Sea. From long ago it has thrived as a center of trade and commerce, and today it is a popular tourist destination. It is sunny more than 300 days a year. It is famous for its stewed snails. In the north of the island is Manacor, population just 40,000. Despite all of his successes Nadal continues to live in this city. He is a 24-year-old who shows no interest in the flairs of big cities.

(in the car)
Rafael Nadal: I don't even think about thinking about leaving Majorca. Everyone likes the town in which they were born. Your family lives there, the friends you've known since childhood are there.

Female Narrator: He and his girlfriend were invited to a party hosted by his girlfriend's childhood friend.

Friend: Hey Rafa! I got this high-quality stuff just for you! I chose the smallest ones.

Female Narrator: His girlfriend from since he was 14, Maria Francesca. Nadal's father owns a glass factory. And the one most important to Nadal as a tennis player: Toni Nadal, his uncle by blood and coach. Nadal has been under his instruction since he was 3 years old.

(interview setting)
Rafael Nadal: If my uncle didn't exist, then I would not be interviewing right now as tennis player Rafael Nadal.

(Uncle Toni's home/pool)
Female Narrator: Fifteen minutes by car from Manacor is the beach town Porto Cristo. Coach Toni lives in a mansion overlooking the sea. His sons, at the height of their mischievous years. Toni was also a professional tennis player, but was only second-rate. His relationship with his nephew is surprising:

(interview setting)
Uncle Toni: Zero. I do not receive any coaching fee. It's because I want to be in a position where I can always say what I want to say.

Female Narrator: So that an equal relationship can be maintained, the coaching fee is zero. This mansion is the result of the success of the business he co-owns with Nadal's father. And so there is no holding back for the champion either.

Rafael Nadal: Even compared to most of the coaches (in the tennis world), he is quite a strict person. (If they were to enter a contract with their uncles), most players would probably be unable to endure the strict training and instead fire their uncles.

(Manacor Tennis Technical Center)
Female Narrator: In the second half of July 2010, we closely observed Nadal's training. The place: the municipal tennis courts.

Rafael Nadal: Good morning.

Female Narrator: First, stretches with his personal trainer.

Rafael Maymo: The part that hurts especially is in the back here, right?

Rafael Nadal: Please stretch out that muscle.

Female Narrator: After winning Wimbledon, he took a break for about three weeks. He had just begun to train again in preparation for the US Open, which was a month away.

Male Interviewer: How's Nadal's condition?

Rafael Maymo: Now is a period of rest, so his body is stopped.

Female Narrator: Always at his practices are Toni's children.

Rafael Nadal: Give it (my hat) back, I didn't style my hair today.

Female Narrator: His body is still lethargic. However... his hitting partners are juniors invited from Madrid. He plays with the intensity of an actual match. And yet Coach Toni says:

Uncle Toni: The task is to receive the ball in the center of the racquet. That's all.

Rafael Nadal: I know. But I can't envision the way I should hit the ball.

Uncle Toni: I don't understand what that means. You just hit. That's all. The one thing we cannot do is to not understand reality.

Uncle Toni's children: You're so sweaty! It's like you took a shower.

Female Narrator: A full three hours. And it doesn't even end after this. Without taking lunch, he heads to the center of town, where the building of his father's office is located.

Female Narrator: There is a training room there just for Nadal. He has had a long relationship with his physical trainer (Juan Forcades).

Rafael Nadal: (We met when) I was 9, no 8 years old?

Female Narrator: His (Forcades') training methods are unique. On the treadmill, he demands a variety of steps. Even exercises such as this (ladder on the floor).

Rafael Nadal: I've really trained a lot of strange exercises.

Juan Forcades: It's in order to strengthen his body for the continuous short sprints.

Female Narrator: Nadal does not slack at all here either. He pushes himself. He has piled on his training day after day in order to battle. This strictness stems from one of Coach Toni's philosophies.

(interview setting)
Uncle Toni: If you are not used to making an effort normally, you don't have the mental strength when things get tight.

Rafael Nadal: During practice I have always given my full effort to each and every ball. So during matches, I can naturally give it my all without making any special effort.

Female Narrator: Toni does not copy anyone.

Uncle Toni: Biomechanisms, 'eat this,' 'don't eat that'... I don't believe in those things. Live life as usual, just train as usual. We do nothing special.

(Manacor Tennis Club)
Female Narrator: The court where Nadal has trained since he was little. There is nothing special about it; it is a local tennis club. It is the complete opposite of the elite training that has become the standard in professional sports. But Nadal has become stronger than anyone else. From this small island he has simply sweated his way up to the top of the world.

Female Narrator: Awaiting Nadal, who leapt onto the world stage, was the highest mountain of all: Roger Federer. He has won 16 Grand Slam titles, the most in history. A threatening rival who holds the record for the longest consecutive period at No. 1. For over four and a half years he held the world's No. 1 spot. And the one who ended that record was Nadal. The world sees these two as rivals. What does Nadal himself think of Federer? We captured his true thoughts that are rarely revealed. When during practice, Coach Toni began to analyze the recent Federer:

Uncle Toni: Federer's level has obviously declined. There is no longevity to the current Federer.

Female Narrator: Everyone is in agreement. And then...

Rafael Nadal: If you ask me, it's like this. At the Doha tournament (before the Australian Open), Federer was terrible. Watching that, I thought, 'Wow, there is no way he can win in Australia.' But after that, he picked up his game, and he ended up winning the Australian Open. It's always like this! I want to do that. But I'm not as good as Federer. Federer does this far better than I do.

(interview setting)
Rafael Nadal: In order to win against him, I had to improve all the time. Even though he is the ultimate athlete, he was improving further. That's a difficult thing.

(Wimbledon and French Open)
Female Narrator: Federer shines most at Wimbledon, where he has won a total of six titles. In 2007 he won it for the fifth consecutive time, the first to do so in 27 years. At that time Nadal had lost in the final two years in a row. On the grass, Federer was considered the strongest. In contrast, Nadal's stage was the French Open of the red clay. On the clay courts Nadal is strong enough to own the nickname "King of Clay."

Male Commentators: It's in!

Female Narrator: On the red clay of the French Open, he won his fourth consecutive title in 2007, the first man to do so in 27 years. Here, he defeated Federer two years in a row in the final. On the grass courts, the ball bounces most quickly, but on the clay court it is said that it bounces most slowly.

Male Commentators: That's also in. Wow that's in.

Female Narrator: Federer of the grass. Nadal of the clay. There was even an event such as this: grass on one side, clay on the other. The match both Nadal and Toni mention as the most memorable is indeed one against Federer:

(interview setting)
Rafael Nadal: Wimbledon 2008.

Uncle Toni: The Wimbledon final, against Federer.

Female Narrator: 2008, the Wimbledon final. Winning was a dream of Nadal's from when he was a child. On top of that he had just won the French Open, so it was a chance to win consecutive Grand Slam titles. No one had won the French Open and Wimbledon back-to-back in 28 years.

Rafael Nadal: I could hardly sleep the night before. It was the most sleepless night of my life so far.

Female Narrator: The match was a struggle that would go down in history.

Male Commentators: He (Nadal) got it. Wow he (Federer) made it! Whoa he (Nadal) got it through got it through!

Female Narrator: It was the longest Wimbledon final in history: 4 hours, 48 minutes. For the first time Nadal felt threatened.

Rafael Nadal: I think it was the only time in my tennis life that I could not deal with the pressure. The only moment I have been crushed by the pressure was that fourth set.

Female Narrator: That moment occurred in the fourth-set tiebreak. Only two more points to his first victory, and on his own serve.

Male Commentators: Oh! Is that a double fault? That's a double fault.

Female Narrator: A double fault.

Male Commentators: At a moment like this...

Female Narrator: Ultimately, Federer took the set, and (the match) moved onto the final set. He had crushed his own chances himself. However, in the middle of the fifth set the rain came, and there was a 25-minute delay.

(interview setting)
Rafael Nadal: There was time to think, and I could regain my concentration. I thought, 'Hope cannot be lost.'

Female Narrator: At this critical point Nadal regained hope. He had continuously fought, and he had gained the strongest heart/mentality in the world.

Male Commentators: Whoa! Federer's shot is into the net! A new champion is born!

Female Commentator: As a result of this win Nadal overtook Federer and at long last became No. 1. However, the words that came out of his mouth were unexpected. Above all, he praised Federer's greatness. The important thing he could not forget was this:

(interview setting)
Rafael Nadal: I have always thought that 'tennis is just a game.' Whether I win or lose, it's not like life will end. Federer probably thinks the same way. That's why we can maintain such a good relationship.

Female Narrator: And...

Rafael Nadal: In life, there are things more important than tennis. Things like health, friends, and family are far more important than tennis.

Female Narrator: His life was not one that is ruled completely by tennis. Nadal was born in 1986. During his sister-caring youth (i.e., he cared a lot for his sister), his uncle was National Team soccer player Miguel Angel Nadal, Coach Toni's younger brother. As a result of his uncle's influence, Nadal was a soccer lover from a young age.

Rafael Nadal: I liked Romario and Zidane.

Female Narrator: He also remembered that athlete:

Rafael Maymo: There was a Japanese athlete in Majorca, right, Ookubo.

Rafael Nadal: I bet he struggled to adapt to life here.

Female Narrator: He started learning tennis at age 3 from Coach Toni, and in his early teens became an athlete who attracted a lot of attention. Even Boris Becker attended one of his practices. There was an invitation from the Spanish Tennis Association in Barcelona, and even funds were offered, but his father and Coach Toni declined. They did not approve of his living away from his family.

Uncle Toni: Family, friends, to be happy... I think those things are more important than tennis. Tennis is just a game. One must not forget that.

(tennis court)
Female Narrator: After practice, Nadal signs autographs for everyone who attended his practice. He never fails to do so.

(Porto Cristo)
Female Narrator: The Nadals spend their summers in Porto Cristo. We were shown around his house. It neighbors Coach Toni's home and stands on the edge of a cape. On this day, he had a job a little different than usual. It was a photo shoot for magazines and advertisements. The one who smiles next to his sweetheart is Nadal's mother, Ana Maria. Nadal too works with a smile, but in fact he was a little anxious.

(tennis court)
Female Narrator: July 30th, exactly one month until the US Open, the only Grand Slam he has not won. On that day Nadal surprisingly expressed his irritation.

Uncle Toni: Please close the door.

Female Narrator: The door that is usually open for observers is closed. He is dissatisfied with his serve. Originally Nadal was not that great at serving, and his speed was of average level. The US Open is played on a hard court, where serves wield great importance in a match. Strengthening the serve was a challenge. However...

Uncle Toni: Try falling on top of the ball. Relax, and without rushing, throw your whole body on top of the ball. It's the same as a drive.

Rafael Nadal: No break.

Man in Blue Shirt: I know.

Rafael Nadal: If I say no break, no break.

Uncle Toni: There are a mountain of things to do, so we can't rest.

Rafael Nadal: I haven't been resting.

Rafael Nadal: I'm at the limit of my abilities now! It's enough.

Female Narrator: Whatever we may say about his strength of heart, Nadal is still 24 years old. Hitting a wall, panicking, he worries. In particular this past year has been a series of struggles.

(Australian Open)
Female Narrator: It began in January 2009, the Australian Open. In the semifinals he battled through a 5-hour and 14-minute match, the longest in Australian Open history.

Male Commentators: He counterattacks!

Female Narrator: He somehow grabbed the win, but in fact he would run into a large problem. Two days later, at a practice three hours before the final. His opponent in the final was that Federer. It was then that Nadal said an unbelievable thing.

(interview setting)
Uncle Toni: Nadal began to say. "I can't do more than this." Even when I said, "You can do it, just try," he said "It's impossible, I can't."

Female Narrator: Just three hours before the match... "I can't fight anymore."

Rafael Nadal: Having fought through a semifinal match that went over 5 hours, I was exhausted. At the time I thought it was impossible to win in the final.

Female Narrator: And Toni...

Uncle Toni: It is easy to say "I can't do it anymore." But anyone can try a little bit harder from that point.

Rafael Nadal: My uncle said, "From the point where you normally think is your limit, you can muster a little more energy."

Uncle Toni: If someone pointed a gun at you and commanded, "Continue running," (regardless of how tired you are) you would be able to continue running.

Female Narrator: Time passes without mercy.

Uncle Toni: Until right before the match started, we kept repeating Obama's line. YES WE CAN.

Rafael Nadal: With my uncle's words, strength began to rise in me.

(Australian Open)
Female Narrator: The final also went five sets: 4 hours and 23 minutes.

Male Commentators: Wow! Nadal, his first Australian Open victory!

Female Narrator: However, this victory marked the beginning to the biggest trials of his life.

(French Open)
Female Narrator: Four months later, the 4th Round of the French Open. His opponent was the then-25th ranked Soderling. Nadal was the undefeated four-time defending champion. Everyone predicted that he would win. However...

Male Commentators: The volley... OUT! Nadal has been beaten! His 31-match winning streak at Roland Garros has been stopped! Wow... it's happened...

Female Narrator: Furthermore, at Wimbledon:

Rafael Nadal: I am withdrawing from Wimbledon.

Female Narrator: The truth was that from several months earlier he had been playing through pain in both knees. The tolls of the tour that traveled around the world each week had eaten into him. In July 2009, for the first time in approximately eleven months, he fell from the No. 1 position. And then, a development that would wrench his heart:

(interview setting)
Rafael Nadal: My parents divorced. It was a very painful event.

Female Narrator: The divorce of his parents. What he held more dear than anything--his family's bonds--were damaged.

(US Open)
Female Narrator: He would return in August, but at the US Open lost in straight sets in the semifinals. This time, he injured his abdominal muscle. Day after day he could not win.

(interview setting)
Rafael Nadal: The latter six months of 2009 were hard. It was very painful.

Female Narrator: He could not see the end.

(US Open)
Female Narrator: At the Australian Open in January 2010, he injured his knees again and retired.

Male Commentators: See, he retired. Aww he retired! But I think it can't be helped. He should retire.

Female Narrator: The ordeals that continued one after another and would not stop. He was forced to take two months off.

(interview setting)
Rafael Nadal: When I was home during a time I would usually be on tour, I saw a lot of things. I was with my family and friends for a long time. For the first time in my life I even traveled between the various islands in the area by boat.

Female Narrator: His ranking even fell to No. 4. What did Toni say?

Uncle Toni: I always continued to say, "You must accept life. The only thing you can do is to practice as hard as you can."

Rafael Nadal: Injuries are a part of an athlete's life, and even in times of difficult you must accept it. To practice every day, and to give my full effort on the court, is something I have continuously done to this point.

Female Narrator: And what supported him through these difficult days was this philosophy:

Rafael Nadal: When I lose, I acknowledge the loss and accept it. I have always done this. Of course, I hate losing. But you can't always win in tennis. I don't see being No. 1 as added pressure, and I don't think I'm the best player. Of course, I feel pressure every day, but that is the pressure of wanting to improve.

Female Narrator: He accepts his losses well. He reacts to his difficulties by working hard instead of trying to avoid them. Rafael Nadal. This is the reason behind his strength.

Uncle Toni: The Dalai Lama said, "There are those who cannot understand adversity, but adversity is a part of life." In the case of tennis, adversity is a part of play. No matter how you struggle, it is a part of play. It's impossible for all things to go well in life.

(French Open)
Female Narrator: June 2010--at long last, his comeback. The red clay courts where he first tasted Grand Slam victory and won four in a row.

Male Commentators: Even though everyone was worrying so much about the weather, the sun has begun to show itself. There are now blue skies over Paris.

Female Narrator: His opponent in the final was Soderling, the one who beat him in the fourth round last year. However, Nadal had become one turn, two turns better.

Male Commentators: What great fighting spirit. When you can get a ball like this--it's when you've really hit your groove. He (Soderling) plays a drop shot... Nadal sends it back! Nadal's comeback from injury... there is now a wave going through the crowd. Just one more point! It's official! Nadal has won the French Open!

Female Narrator: It was a complete victory: seven matches without losing a set. He returned to the No. 1 ranking. It was the first time he showed himself crying so much.

Female Narrator: One month later, the Wimbledon final.

Male Commentators: Wow--what is this?!

Female Narrator: The French Open, Wimbledon--back-to-back wins.

(interview setting)
Uncle Toni: In life, anyone can achieve more than they have now. People often say, "It is impossible to do more than this," but this is not true.

Rafael Nadal: One pushes oneself to move forward, and thus struggles. One learns to enjoy and have fun while struggling. To struggle like this--if I look at it in the context of the big picture, I think it's a wonderful thing.

(US Open)
Male Commentators: A regrettable miss. He must be overwhelmed and swallowed by the pressure. And he does it again.

(6 Years Later)
(interview setting)
Uncle Toni: The problem with today is that people have no hopes and dreams. Rafa has hopes and dreams.

Male Interviewer: How do you train physically and mentally?

Rafael Nadal: Mental strength is not something you train. My mental game is good now because I have a lot of hopes and dreams.

(tennis court)
Uncle Toni: Good... yes, good. Very good.

Female Narrator: And towards his last major crown.

(US Open)
Male Commentators: Djokovic has thrown his hands out, as if to say there is nothing he can do.

Female Narrator: August 30, the tournament begins.

Male Commentators: Service ace out wide.

Female Narrator: Nadal, for the first time wielding a monstrous serve as a weapon, scrambled towards the top. His first appearance in the final. His first US Open victory. It was the first time in 41 years that someone had won three Grand Slam titles in a row (in the same year). And with it, he completed a Career Grand Slam.

(tennis court)
Female Narrator: Always seeking a better self than the one that exists now. At the end of this road, the sun is probably shining.


miri said...

Thanks so much for the translation.

sharon said...

Wonderful! Thank you so much for doing this for us. Now I have to go back and watch the documentary again so I can put words with the actions. :)

Anonymous said...

Many thanks. Please could i use the translation?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this wonderful translation. I'm sure it was a lot of work, but you did a fantastic job. It's lovely

Atchariya said...

Thank you so much for the translations. I'm sure it has taken you hours and hours of work.

A Thousand Summers said...

Well Anonymous @ 9:29 AM, I can't see who you are. :) Anyway, of course you may use the translation, although I would like to be credited/linked back. I'd be curious to see your blog or whatever it is, too!

Christine said...

This is a wonderful video and I truly appreciated being able to understand the content due to your translation. Thank you so much! You did a great job with the translation!

faeaki39 said...

Thankyou this wonderful translation, you have no idea how much this means to his fans. What an insight to the world of Rafael Nadal, and thanks again for all your hard work.

Anonymous said...

thanks sooo much!!! like it!

you know, there are a lot of interesting facts here...could you give me a permisson to translate that into russian? сuz there are so many russian fans of Rafa and i would like people to know what was in that film =)
cuz it's really worth it!!!

An ( Anna ) said...

Thank you does'nt express my gratefullnes for this translation enough but what more can i say....


A Thousand Summers said...

Hey enfantcapricie, what a great idea! All Rafa fans all over the world deserve to be able to understand the documentary. Eventually it'll turn into a strange multi-language telephone. :) As I mentioned to Anonymous, all I ask is that you link to me in your translation, and maybe show me your post!

Anonymous said...

A Thousand Summers, thank you soooooo much!!! i don't have now so much time so i think it wil be ready by the end of the week, i'll post your link there, and also my post link here;)

and as you said "it'll turn into a strange multi-language telephone." - yeeeeeahhh xD but you know that's funny =)

Anonymous said...

This is amazing. I feel I have learnt a little more about Rafa & where he is coming from. Mind you, I wish I had half the depth of character he has, the stamina & the will to continue.

Anonymous said...

This is so nice. thanks so much! i didn't know him and his gf had been together since they were 14!

Anonymous said...

hi, A Thousand Summers;)
i've just posted the first part, it's right here =)

thanks from all the russian fans!!!

A Thousand Summers said...

Wow... even though I know what it's supposed to say, this makes me want to learn Russian. :) Thanks for letting me know!

Anonymous said...

By any chance that anyone aware about the english singer and song title which appear in Part 1 clip and during end of Part 4 and beginning of Part5 clip? The song was very nice and lyrics was very meaningful which really match the rafa's documentation. Thks:)

innerlight said...

Thanks soo much for the wonderful translation. This documentary was fabulous even when I couldn't understand a word of it but now its absolutely fantastic!! The Japanese have a way of getting into the essence.....and I think this is the first documentary that has really captured the essence of rafa nadal.
Wow, you must have spent hours doing this translation.
(Sorry i dont know the title of the song you are after)

rashid1891 said...

it is a very good picture

Anonymous said...

It's possible watch the full documentary here:

Best regards.