Despite turning 36 in June, Rafael Nadal enjoyed one of his best seasons at the Majors this year. For the first time in his career, the Spaniard won consecutive championships at the Australian Open and Roland Garros. Rafa reached the Wimbledon semifinal before pulling out due to an injury. He was aiming for the third Major victory of the year in New York.
Rafa struggled to serve at a full tempo and played only one match following Wimbledon, therefore he was unable to compete for the fifth US Open crown. In the fourth round of the 2022 Majors, Nadal was defeated by Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. He finished the tournament with an impressive 22-1 record.
Rafa’s performance at a Major is at its highest level since 2019, and it did so after a terrible foot ailment that cost him the second half of the previous season. After losing in the semi-final of the Roland Garros tournament, Nadal only participated in two matches and had no idea what to expect in 2022.
Rafa started the season with a 20-0 win and won prizes in Melbourne and Paris to become the first player with 22 Major victories. He was rested and ready to go back to his rightful place. After all the difficulties and injuries, an astonishing comeback at the Australian Open, and participating at Roland Garros while receiving injections, Mats Wilander referred to Nadal‘s run as a miracle.
Nadal, who was going for his third straight Major title, had an abdominal strain at Wimbledon, serving far below his best, and withdrew before his match with Nick Kyrgios in the semi-final.
Rafael Nadal topped the standings in 2022 after winning two Major championships.
The Spaniard only played one match before to the US Open, as we’ve already mentioned, and it wasn’t enough to give him a lift.
Nadal struggled with his opening stroke in the first and second rounds before elevating his game and getting off to a winning start. Rafa defeated Richard Gasquet, a former foe, to go to the round of 16. But at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Frances defeated the 22-time Major champion with 50 victories, delivering five breaks in the process.
Tiafoe won five straight games to take the lead and move on to the quarterfinals after Nadal won the second set and built a 3-1 lead in the fourth.”
Rafael Nadal participated in the Wimbledon semifinals this year and won two Major championships.
It’s a miracle if you consider his season, with all the setbacks and injuries. Rafa’s loss at the US Open was unexpected, but I believe his competitors knew he wasn’t 100% “said Mats Wilander.