The 2021 season is close to its end, a very complicated year for Rafa Nadal, which has barely been able to play because of the injuries. The Balearic continues with his recovery process that could return to the tracks in January on the occasion of the next Open of Australia, where he would live a new duel with Novak Djokovic in search of the 21st Grand Slam of him.
The struggle to become the most laureate of history is one of the topics that generates the most comments in today's tennis, which has gathered three legends such as Spanish, Serbian and Roger Federer.
Nadal pays tribute to Nole
Rafael Nadal recently showered praise on his rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, labeling them both "perfect" players.
Nadal further claimed that Djokovic has "no weaknesses" and is capable of playing his best tennis on all surfaces. "He's (Novak Djokovic) a perfect tennis player with no weaknesses," Rafael Nadal said.
"Whether it's a clay court, a turf court, or a hard court, he's capable. And this year, he's been astoundingly solid. Even on days when things seem to be out of order, the energy of the feeling that I will definitely win makes up."
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic produced one of the greatest matches of all time in the semifinals of this year's Roland Garros. "I think Novak was more efficient and clever than I was in the game-decision phase that day, and in my eyes he looked physically fresher," Nadal said.
Daniil Medvedev, the reigning US Open Champion, bowed out of the BNP Paribas Open with a stunning 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 loss to Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round. That result is particularly beneficial to Novak Djokovic, who is now within touching distance of finishing as the year-end No.
1 for a record-breaking seventh time. As of this moment, Novak Djokovic is scheduled to return to the tour at the Paris Masters. Djokovic hasn't played since his loss to the US Open, but recent reports suggest he isn't ready to call it a season yet.
Djoker has the edge over Medvedev now since he is most likely to feature at the Vienna Open and at the ATP Finals 2021. Thus, he only has got 490 points to defend- 90 in Vienna and 400 in Turin. On the other hand, Medvedev will be taking part at the ATP Moscow and at the Paris Masters 2021 along with the above two tournaments and is the defending champion at the Paris Masters and ATP Finals; thus, he has to defend 2,635 points- 1,500 in Turin, 1,000 in Paris, 45 in Moscow, and 90 in Vienna.