Grand Slam champion: “Rafael Nadal is strength.”

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Rafael Nadal has endured a long career and numerous physical issues. The Spaniard has demonstrated a longevity that few would have predicted when he first entered the circuit, despite the fact that he has had to quit from a number of tournaments.

When the former world number one defeated all odds to win the Australian Open and Roland Garros last year, he left everyone in awe. The Mallorcan is back in style and reaffirms that he is a living star of this sport after a 2021 that saw him play in just seven tournaments.

Since his Wimbledon semifinal appearance, Rafa has struggled mightily over the past few months and hasn’t been able to play his best tennis. His luck ran out at the start of 2023 when the Iberian sustained an ileo-psoas injury of the second degree while competing in the Australian Open.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion has already withdrawn from the ATP events in Doha and Dubai, and it is still unclear whether he will compete in Indian Wells and Miami. It’s possible that Nadal decides to conserve his body for the clay court season.

Rafael Nadal had to lose muscle early on to protect his knees, as recently described by Sascha Bajin, a former hitting partner of tennis legend Serena Williams. “Guys, it’s quite easy. Weight equals muscle mass. Once you slip into a ball on hard court, every extra pound you have to carry is compounded.

Most of the impact usually gets absorbed by your knees (joints). Tennis requires little in the way of upper body muscle, in particular “Bajin penned. “For me, a large bicep is not particularly specific to tennis. And you know that lifting ankle weights with just 1 pound on each leg makes a huge difference because guys play 5 sets at Grand Slams.”

Nadal has experienced numerous physical issues.

Tennis fans have long been divided over the “Big 3” controversy, and now Stan Wawrinka has joined the conversation.

“They have various personalities and playing styles. When it comes to the game alone, Roger Federer really stands out for his talent, comfort, and touch. Rafael Nadal is powerful and strong, while Novak Djokovic is almost faultless “The US Open champion from 2016 stated.

When playing Rafa in the Roland Garros final, it is undoubtedly one of the toughest tests Wawrinka has ever had to face in his professional career. Stan Wawrinka remarked, “For me, it was a chance to compete against the greatest players in tennis history.