In the last weeks of the year, Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic to claim his fifth world number one ranking. Nadal won the Davis Cup Finals to cap the campaign and began the 2020 season in a different team event.
Rafa led Spain to the first ATP Cup final, where they fell to Serbia 2-1 and were denied the two prestigious team titles. Turning back to the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal beat compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta with ease, winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 38 minutes to move to the fourth round.
Having had some trouble against Federico Delbonis in the previous round, Rafael Nadal fared much better in this one in the bright Rod Laver Arena, setting the tempo from the off and moving through to the Round of 16. The 2009 winner lost only ten points when serving, never encountered a break point, and increased the pressure on the opponent’s side of the net after registering 42 wins and seven unforced errors.
Despite some confident holdings in sets two and three, Carreno Busta was unable to match those results, having a significant second serve issue and breaking five times out of the 10 occasions Rafa had the opportunity.
Nadal characterized the victory as the greatest of the tournament so far after feeling good about his play. When playing Nick Kyrgios or Karen Khachanov in the next round, the Spaniard was pleased with his serve and forehand and expected more.
“My performance today was the best of the competition thus far. Being able to advance a little every day is incredibly beneficial. I’m ecstatic, but I also feel bad for Pablo; he’s a dear buddy, and I wish him luck for the remainder of the campaign.”
Rafa has 14 French Open victories.
Rafael Nadal‘s deadly topspin forehand was recently explained by renowned coach Patrick Mouratoglou. According to Mouratoglou, “He started with very strong claycourt trends, but throughout the years he has technically worked extremely hard on it to make it adaptable to every surface.”
“He begins by pushing his racquet back with his non-dominant arm while aiming the head of the racquet up toward the sky, as is customary. Rafa has a very loose grip, which has the impact of a whip. The racquet head comes back at the level of the hand during the collision because to the enormous acceleration caused by his racquet head’s delay.
His bent arm straightens out to its fullest extent. Even further than his right foot, his contact point is much in front.”