Rafael Nadal‘s development was examined by Paul Annacone, a former Pete Sampras and Roger Federer coach, who confirmed that the Spaniard is still quite competitive at age 36. According to Annacone: “Rafael Nadal has grown more assured over time on every court.
Just take a look at his accomplishments: 25 hard court titles. It’s absurd how many people continue to refer to him as a one-dimensional player. He ended up concealing his strength on other surfaces behind his stunning supremacy on clay. It’s time to accept the fact that this guy is competitive on all surfaces.
He is acting insanely for a 36-year-old.” Nadal, a 22-time Slam victor, discussed tennis after the Big 3 in the same way: “There has always been a generational shift in tennis, as there has been in all sports. The younger generation steps in to take the position of the big stars, and over time, they win the fans’ hearts.
It is a perfectly typical process. Our longevity has flipped the script a little, but I am confident that following our retirement, the tour will be in very capable hands.”
Rafa leaves Montreal
Rafael Nadal experienced a lot of happiness during the first half of the season.
The Australian Open and Roland Garros victories by the Spanish champion confirmed his status as a living legend and put a stop to the possibility of retirement. The former world number one had to leave Wimbledon before the semifinals, ending his chances of completing the “Calendar Grand Slam.”
He was unable to compete against Nick Kyrgios due to an abdominal rupture, but this does not take away from his incredible 2022. The 36-year-old from Manacor has surpassed Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the all-time rankings by one and two slams, respectively.
Given that it is unlikely that Nole will be able to fly to the US at the end of August, the Iberian will attempt to extend further at the US Open (not being vaccinated against the Coronavirus). Rafa has said that he won’t compete in this week’s Masters 1000 in Montreal. He hopes to return in time for the US Open or Cincinnati.