In the year After playing just seven official tournaments in 2021, many thought Rafael Nadal was close to retirement. The Spanish champion did not know that he will return to the highest levels, but the first part of 2022 removes doubts about the Mallorcan’s competitiveness.
The former world No. 1 won against all odds at the Australian Open, completing a sensational comeback against Daniil Medvedev in the final. The 36-year-old lifted his 14th Roland Garros title next to Manacour, despite leg pain forcing his way through the series.
Rapham also tried in goal at Wimbledon but had to withdraw from his semi-final against Nick Kyrgios due to an abdominal tear. The 22-time Grand Slam champion is training on hard courts and will be back in action next week in Montreal.
Iberia’s goal is to make it 100% of the tournament he hasn’t played since 2019 at the US Open. John McEnroe analyzed Nadal’s attitude in a long interview with ‘The Week’ magazine.
McEnroe opens against Nadal.
“[Players today] They seem like incredibly nice people.
Rafael Nadal has never broken a single day in his life. But in general, I think people, as far as tennis goes, like me and Connors more than Borg, never show any expression,” McEnroe said. “It’s a very frustrating game to not be emotional.
‘I’ll go to practice and be like the Borg for two hours,’ and that’ll last like five minutes. It wasn’t in my DNA. McEnroe regretted that people only knew him as a bad guy – which may have been a little true on the tennis court, but off the court he was as good a guy as anyone.
“You feed into this crap, maybe without realizing it yourself, and it becomes an out-of-control monster,” McEnroe said. “People started to recognize me—”Are you that brave person?’—and it completely changed my life.
I was like, ‘They don’t understand me, I’m a good person.’ But of course I was not good at court sometimes. Rafael Nadal 2022 is showing great performance. The Spaniard started the year at the Australian Open.
Plus, he won Roland Garros again. The 36-year-old was also strong at the Wimbledon Championships. However, he had to sit out his semi-final against Nick Kyrgios due to an injury.