Power Point: Admire your rival

August 22, 2008, 11:32 PM UTC

“I’m just trying to do everything I can to get as close to him as possible. But in general, I think you can maintain a rivalry while admiring your rival. When I play him, it’s a special motivation to play better.”

–Tennis star Rafael Nadal answering reader questions in Time Magazine. The “him” Nadal refers to is Roger Federer, whose four-and-a-half year reign at the top will end on Monday when Nadal officially assumes the title of the No. 1 men’s tennis player in the world.