One of the season’s top characters in the first half was Rafael Nadal. The former world number one dispelled any concerns about his competitiveness by winning the Australian Open and Roland Garros after a terrible 2021 due to injury.
The Spanish phenomenon has ensured strong odds of finishing the year at the top of the ATP ranking in addition to removing the threat of retirement. Between now and the end of the season, Daniil Medvedev will have a lot of points to defend, while Novak Djokovic may not be able to travel to the United States since he has not had his coronavirus vaccination.
The 36-year-old from Manacor went on a hunt for his third title at Wimbledon after receiving foot care from Dr. Cotorro. Rafa advanced all the way to the semifinals but was forced to withdraw from the match against Nick Kyrgios because of an abdominal rupture.
The 22-time Grand Slam winner has already started training again and will play again in Montreal the following week. Francisco Cerundolo talked about his Wimbledon 2022 first-round encounter versus Rafael Nadal in a recent interview with “La Nacion.”
Despite losing, the Argentinian put up a strong effort and “risked” everything to extend the match into a fifth set.
Nadal‘s first opponent is Cerundolo
“I began to feel anxious 30 minutes before the game. Rafael Nadal was strolling [behind me] as I made my way from the locker room to the court, and I felt like he was sighing in my ear the entire time.
I sensed the approach of a lion, “said Cerundolo. The 23-year-old is confident that he would have lost in straight sets if he had not taken that action and instead become overwhelmed by the gravity of the situation. “As we approached the door, I mentally prepared myself and declared, “I’m going in to kill or I’m going to have a very awful day.”
Look where I am, I thought as I went onto the grass “said Cerundolo. “My anxiety vanished as soon as I entered party mode. Without my taking that action, I would have lost 6-1, 6-1, 6-1. What could be nicer than a competition where there were no points?
As we were getting warmed up, I suddenly grabbed my phone and launched Twitter. Cerndolo-Nadal is what I see. Well, Rafa touched me, I said. In those days, I couldn’t wait to start playing, from the draw on Friday through the match on Tuesday.”