Rafael Nadal avoided retirement for the umpteenth time in 2022 by winning two major tournaments. The Spanish superstar stunned everyone by winning the Australian Open and Roland Garros after a 2021 marred by injuries.
The former world number one was able to win his 22nd Grand Slam in Paris with the aid of Dr. Cotorro, reiterating his status as a living sports great. The 36-year-old from Manacor tried to win Wimbledon as well, but was forced to withdraw from the match against Nick Kyrgios in the semifinals because of an abdominal rupture.
Rafa is already back in the gym and will visit Montreal in less than a week. The US Open, a competition he hasn’t participated in since 2019, is where he hopes to get 100 percent. Given that Novak Djokovic‘s chances of visiting the USA are slim, the Iberian will have a fantastic chance to advance in the all-time Grand Slam rankings (not being vaccinated against Coronavirus).
Patrick Mouratoglou compared the reaction times of Carlos Alcaraz and Rafa Nadal in a video that was uploaded to Instagram. Nadal hopes to use this chance to advance in the competition and win his 23rd Grand Slam championship.
Mouratoglou considers Nadal
“Rafael Nadal‘s return statistics are among the best on the tour. But one player is outpacing Rafa in return stats this season: Carlos Alcaraz. He holds the greatest percentage (33.5%) and has won the most return games of any player.
Did you know that when the Spaniard scores the game’s first point, he wins 51.8% of his subsequent matches? The average for the tour based on this data is 38.4%, which puts this into perspective. Alcaraz is ahead of Rafa by 5% in return games won after the first two points, with a 77.8 percent success rate.
59.4 p is the tour average “rcent,” said Mouratoglou. The 36-year-old will attempt to win the final major championship of the year after missing out on the opportunity to complete a calendar, Grand Slam. In order to heal from the injury, Nadal has taken some time away from the court.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion has finally returned to the court, which is wonderful news. Notably, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are constantly competing for the most Grand Slam victories among the greatest players of their generation.
By the end of 2020, they each had 20 titles. But after winning the first two Slams of the year, Nadal overtook the other two.