One of the best sportsmen of the contemporary period, Rafael Nadal has accomplished a long list of noteworthy exploits. Even in the first quarter of 2022, the Spanish prodigy left everyone in awe after defeating all odds to win the Australian Open and Roland Garros.
The former world number one has rediscovered the strength at age 36, despite ongoing foot trouble, to win two major tournaments and surpass his enduring rivals in the all-time rankings. By winning Wimbledon for the seventh time in his career, Novak Djokovic closed the gap, but it is improbable that he will be able to travel to the United States to compete in the season-ending Grand Slam.
For his part, the Majorcan chose to forego this week’s Masters 1000 in Montreal. Later this month, it is still unknown if he will travel back to Cincinnati or straight to New York. Fernando Verdasco talked in-depth to Mundo Deportivo about the infamous 2009 Australian Open semifinal matchup with Nadal.
After a five-hour battle, the legend of Manacor won with a score of 6-7 6-4 7-6 6-7.
Nadal is first faced by Verdasco
After discussing his longevity and that of Roger Federer in a very pleasant interview with the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco’s infamous Australian Open 2009 semifinal loss (7-6(4), 4-6, 6-7(2), 7-6(1), 4-6) were revisited.
It was the most memorable match of my career, the Australian Open semi-final battle between the world’s top two Spaniards, a contest that lasted more than five hours. “Sometimes the memory comes back to me, and other times people challenge me. The level was outstanding.
People still stop me on the street decades later to remark that this is the greatest game they have ever played. I feel relieved and happy that I played so well, but when I reflect, I’m like, “Oh my God, I was at 4-4 in the fifth set, 0-30, second serve, I missed a return and, I don’t know.”
Then, I missed the final and got to play versus Federer. Mischa Zverev praised Rafael Nadal for being unexpected and using surprise strategies like a serve and volley to stun his opponent in an interview with tennis magazine.
“The players are getting ready for lengthy rallies, especially Medvedev. You play the point after a serve and return almost just like a penalty. This strategy is known as “developing the case from behind.” Rafa continually analyzes the game and is aware of when it is a good idea to introduce unexpected events. When he is behind, he frequently does something novel or unexpected, according to Zverev.