'Rafael Nadal would just hit the target more than...', says legend



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'Rafael Nadal would just hit the target more than...', says legend

Former World No. 1 Boris Becker is very concerned about Rafael Nadal, as he has recognized that the Spaniard has to be in his best physical shape to compete for the biggest titles. The 35-year-old Nadal ended his 2021 season due to a persistent foot injury.

After losing in the French Open semifinal, Nadal skipped Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, before returning to action in Washington after a two-month hiatus. In Washington, it was clear that Nadal was upset with a foot injury and just over a week later brought his season to an end.

"You have to worry about Rafael Nadal's health," Eurosport expert Becker said, according to Tennishead. "He is a very physical player and he has to train a lot. Matches, even if they are often won in two sets, always take one and a half or two hours because the rallies are very long.

That is why he always reaches his physical limits. And if he only slows down a step or can't run from left to right twenty times, then he doesn't feel strong enough. Time does not stop for him. He needs a break, he will do him good," Becker stated."

Nadal fans have to gradually get used to the idea that he will not play forever. He doesn't get in shape in training, unfortunately, it has to be done. coming back into the game, that carries the risk of injuring himself again."

Nadal thought that ending his 2021 season and focusing on his recovery was the best thing he could do.

Martina Navratilova on Rafael Nadal

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova believes Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are a cut above the Next Gen.

According to the American, the younger players have to play out of their skin just to stay competitive. “If you had all these players try to hit a target on a practice court where there’s no pressure, Rafa would just hit the target more than them," she said.

"These guys have to play slightly above their level just to get to finals, and so their average day is not as good”. Brad Gilbert is a 20-time ATP titlist-turned-coach who has worked with the likes of Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, Kei Nishikori, and Andy Murray.

According to Gilbert, the key factor behind Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic's greatness is that they know how to win matches even when they are not playing at their best. “Their (Big 3) consistency is outrageous, week in and week out," Gilbert said.

“The greatness of the Big Three was that they learned how to win when they are not quite right, and playing at only 60 to 70 percent."