Rafael Nadal won at least one major championship for ten consecutive seasons between 2005 and 2014, setting a record that is unlikely to be broken. After Wimbledon 2014, the Spaniard only played seven matches because to injuries, which caused him to lose steam going into the new season.
With the support of a modest ATP victory on clay in early March, Nadal advanced to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and Indian Wells in 2015. Nadal was deposed by Andy Murray in Madrid, and he lost to Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals of the Roland Garros tournament for the second time.
Thanks to victories in Stuttgart and Hamburg, Rafa just managed to hang onto his spot in the top-10 for the following two months. Prior to the North American hard court tour, Nadal made every effort to get in shape, but in vain. In Montreal, Rafael Nadal defeated Mikhail Youzhny and Sergiy Stakhovsky to go to the round of 16, where he will face fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori.
It was the Japanese’s maiden victory in his eighth match on the Tour. In one hour and 23 minutes, the Japanese defeated the Spanish 6-2, 6-4 to go to the semifinals. The day’s most potent weapon turned out to be Kei’s opening serve.
The Japanese decided to press on the other side in two of the three break possibilities he had. Rafa made six double mistakes and struggled to hold his serve, giving Kei four breaks from the same number of opportunities and hitting the exit door.
In the second game of the match, Nishikori set up with two significant victories to put his name on the scoreboard. A break was made by him a little while later, giving him the lead and early momentum. Kei put on a solid display, earning another break in game five and winning the first set 5-2 with a forehand winner in the hope of gaining more in the second.
Mark Ein commends Nadal, Rafa
Mark Ein, the chairman of the 2022 Citi Open, spoke on whether an American man winning a Major would boost tennis’ popularity in the nation after the 2022 Citi Open ended on Sunday.
“I believe that young people of many nationalities can be inspired by athletes like Rafael Nadal and Nick. Given that he was born in Maryland and raised in Washington, D.C., Frances Tiafoe winning a Grand Slam would be extremely significant.
It would be fantastic, “said Ein. “Although I don’t believe it is necessary for the sport to grow, I do believe that if and when it eventually occurs on the men’s side, it will give the sport a significant boost. On the women’s side, it’s definitely been going for a while “Ein threw in.