After withdrawing from the Wimbledon semi-final with an abdominal tear, Rafael Nadal has already returned to training. Despite this disappointment and the end of the “Calendar Grand Slam” dream, the Spanish player’s 2022 is still remarkable.
As a result of his victories at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, the former world number one is once again recognized as a true sporting icon. Now 36 years old, the Manacor native has won 22 Grand Slam tournaments, surpassing Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the process.
By winning Wimbledon for the seventh time, the Serbian has closed the gap, but he is not likely to travel to the United States to compete in the US Open. Since Rafa hasn’t played in New York since 2019, he has a fantastic chance of doing well there.
The Iberian will stop in Canada to compete in the Montreal Masters 1000 before heading to New York City for the season’s final Grand Slam tournament. The Majorcan discussed the sport’s future after the retirement of the Big 3 in a recent interview with ‘Talento aboard.
Nadal, Rafa, and the Big 3
“Tennis has always been a sport with a noticeable generation gap. It is natural that some of our greatest stars will be eclipsed by others. Perhaps the passage of time has done us in, but I have no doubt that the newcomers will eventually become the dominant power “Quote from Rafael Nadal:
The ex-World No. 1 also mentioned it, emphasizing the value of competition in developing one’s mental toughness. “One of the most crucial aspects of performance in competition is mental toughness. Since I was a kid, I’ve been training with my uncle Toni to get stronger both physically and mentally.
Then, as my career progressed, I kept up the same level of work, which got harder as a result of increased competition “To quote Nadal: For Rafael Nadal, 2008 was a landmark year. Nadal had just won his fourth consecutive French Open and was now in the Wimbledon finals.
In his autobiography Rafa: My Story, Rafael Nadal recalls that match, writing, “Roger won the toss. In the end, he made the decision to enlist. There was no problem for me. I prefer it when my opponent serves first to set the tempo of the game. I know I have a good chance of breaking him if my head is clear and his nerves are frayed.
If anything, I perform better under stress. As opposed to giving in, I find that challenges make me stronger. My sense of elation increases the closer I get to the edge.