Rafael Nadal “placed the finishing touches on this,” according to ATP star

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A few of issues have arisen for Rafael Nadal recently as a result of his typical physical issues. Once the Spanish champion advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals in 2022, we stopped admiring him in his greatest light. At the start of 2023, the former world number one planned to make amends, but things have only gotten worse.

The Majorcan, who was called to defend his championship at the Australian Open, not only left the scene too soon, but he also suffered a second-degree lesion to his ileo-psoas. The 22-time Grand Slam champion has already had to withdraw from the ATP events in Doha and Dubai, and it is still unclear whether he will compete in Indian Wells and Miami.

In anticipation of the clay court season, which will start in Montecarlo, the Iberian may chose to maintain his physical appearance. He will go seal-hunting at Roland Garros, which is undoubtedly his top priority. Feliciano Lopez, who will retire in 2023 after 26 years on the circuit, spoke extensively with “MARCA” about the significance of Nadal for the entire Spanish movement.

Feliciano Lopez honors Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal is a million to one shot. He is a talented individual who was destined to shatter every tennis record that has been and will be. It is quite simple to refer to a generation led by Rafa as the best generation “said Lopez.

“There have been good players before him and after him, and most importantly, different ones. When Carlos [Moyá] advances to the Australian Open final, the situation changes “Lopez clarified. “Tennis players in Spain are starting to think they can perform well on surfaces other than clay.

The climax of this mentality transformation has been made by Nadal. Our generation has been successful because we have competed on all fields and have not been scared to defeat anyone. It is obvious that breaking my record is challenging or nearly impossible.

That always lasts 20 years. Nevertheless, it cannot be ranked among the top 22 titles. An era will be defined by the numbers that Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic control and the level at which they have elevated tennis “explained Lopez. “I can’t imagine anyone breaking these three players’ records in the near future.

The problem is that they are everything else in addition to the “Grand Slam.” It is crazy, so it seems to me that no tennis player in the future will be able to afford it.”