At this early stage of the season, Rafael Nadal has surprised everyone. With only seven official events under his belt after a tumultuous 2021 season, the Spanish star was in a good place. The former ATP No. 1 arrived in Melbourne without much expectation and completed an achievement that will be remembered for a long time.
First a rib fracture and then foot discomfort hampered him before the clay court season even began; he couldn’t arrive at Roland Garros in peak condition.
He hasn’t won a clay-court title since 2004 and this is the first time the Majorcan has done so since then. Despite the odds, the 36-year-old from Manacor was able to lift his 14th trophy in front of the Eiffel Tower owing to the help of Dr. Cotorro.
A strained abdominal muscle forced the 22-time Grand Slam winner to withdraw from Wimbledon before his semifinal against Nick Kyrgios. Paquito Navarro, a professional padel player, recently expressed kind words for Rafa during a news appearance.
Rafa Nadal is a legend.
Rafael Nadal’s accomplishments still astonish Navarro. “I don’t think anyone will ever be able to match his record of 14 wins at Roland Garros.
When it appeared like it would be the last, it wasn’t, and it happened again and again. Rafa is deserving of all the praise that can be given to him. He’s always been a role model and a source of reference for me “- Paquito expressed his sorrow.
Feliciano Lopez praised Rafael Nadal’s decision to pull out of Wimbledon in an interview with MARCA: “I believe it was the appropriate decision in light of the situation. By playing on, Rafa risked endangering the rest of the season and his season-long goals.
Few players have a chance to defeat Rafael Nadal when he’s in peak physical condition. At the age of 36 and in dangerous health, we’re talking about a world-beating player who has already won two Grand Slams. It’s incredible to see the physical state of things.”