Paraguayan junior Daniel Vallejo couldn’t hide his excitement after getting a chance to beat 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal. Vallejo, 18, was ranked No. 2 at the ITF Juniors this week.
“What’s better than this? Thank you Rafael Nadal”, Vallejo wrote on Twitter. Nadal, 36, has won the first two Grand Slams of the season and his next goal is to win his first Wimbledon title since 2010.
Unfortunately, Nadal suffered an abdominal injury in his quarterfinal match against Taylor Fritz, and that injury forced him to ride out the semifinals to Nick Kyrgios. Getting out of the Wimbledon semifinals wasn’t easy for Nadal, but he couldn’t make the injury worse.
“I can’t imagine winning two matches and not wanting to go out there with respect for myself and not be competitive enough,” Nadal said at Wimbledon. “I see my career differently because of the leg injury two weeks ago.
The most important thing is happiness more than any topic. I can’t risk that match and stay two or three months out of the tournament. I’m very sad and it’s very difficult.” It’s been three weeks since Nadal withdrew from Wimbledon and he’s now preparing for the Montreal Masters, which starts on August 7.
“Nadal is really looking forward to coming to Montreal and his hotel rooms,” said Montreal tournament director Eugene Lapierre.
Rafa in 2010 He won his first French Open in 2005
Rafael Nadal In 2001, his mind turned professional in the Elite Players League.
The 16-year-old entered the ATP with strong willpower and a well-crafted wish list. As he said, “Well, I’m going to go as far as I can to be a great tennis player. I have to keep working hard every day.
I know it won’t be easy. After that, he said, “There’s a lot of high-level competition out there. Normally, I always think they must be much better than me when I play in tournaments because I’m the youngest.
But after that, you go to court and things tend to settle down because I’m a fighter and I hate to lose. The Spanish young blood, who staked his claim, won his first Grand Slam title in four years on his debut.