Luis Enrique believes Rafael Nadal's dealings with defeat have made him the player he is today
Nadal will return to a Grand Slam final for the first time since 2014 if he beats Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open this morning.
There he will face Roger Federer, the legendary Swiss player with whom he has a historic rivalry.
And while the Spaniard leads the battle between them 23-11, Enrique believes it is his approach to defeat that makes him a truly impressive sportsman.
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"I like Rafael Nadal especially for his attitude when he loses, beyond the fact that he comes back in an amazing way from the injuries and keeps winning trophies," said Enrique at an event in Spain.
"He loses very less thanks to his very high level, but when he does it, he applies the sportsman's real values.
"This is the most difficult thing to do.
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"We're very good at winning, especially him, but when you lose that's where you have to show the way you're as a sportsman and person.
"And he does it."
Emilio Sanchez, a three-time Grand Slam doubles champion, also paid tribute to his fellow Spaniard at the same event.
"He is an example on how to get to perfection," Vicario said.
"He went through some tough injuries and he comeback in the highest positions.
"He is very willing and has much energy playing the sport.
"It's very difficult to play like him because he is a No 1, but at the same time he transmits values and messages that are very good for the young athletes' education."