Since the 2022 US Open, he has recorded a balance of five losses and just two wins, both against British Jack Draper in his Australian Open debut and Norwegian Casper Ruud in the group stage of the Nitto Atp Finals.
Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly having a bad day, as the reigning champion was already ousted in the second round of the opening Grand Slam of the 2023 season. The American Mackenzie McDonald took advantage of the Spaniard’s physical limitations to win at Rod Laver Arena, forcing him to continue fighting in less than ideal physical condition.
In contrast to 2022, when he just made the difference in all of the cement events played, the Mallorcan’s start to the year was very different. A new champion will undoubtedly be crowned in Melbourne by Wednesday of the first week of play because the 36-year-old (the top seed) hasn’t been any more resilient this time than physical setbacks.
A scenario that might reopen some possibilities and give other tennis players hope of winning the grand prize. Rafa will have to deal with significant news that is undoubtedly bad, on top of the five defeats he has had in his last seven ATP matches.
Given the nearly 2,000 points he will soon lose, the winner of 22 Grand Slam titles will actually experience some noticeable adjustments in his position in the global ranking. The Spaniard will tumble to 3815, where he will undoubtedly be surpassed by Casper Ruud of Norway, Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and even Andrey Rublev of Russia.
Nadal lost in heartbreaking fashion.
In 2023, Rafael Nadal lost the Australian Open in heartbreaking fashion. “I omitted to ask them. I am of legal age to make my own choices. I wanted to be the defending champion here, so I didn’t want to retire.
I didn’t want to retire from the court, that’s for sure. Better in the end like this. I lost. Not much to say. congratulate your adversary, “He commented. “At the same time, that is the sport. Just give it your all to the end. regardless of the chances you have.
That is the sport’s guiding principle. That is the sport’s fundamental component. Since I didn’t know what was happening, I tried to follow it throughout my tennis career and, of course, not do further harm “Added he.