Alex Corretja: Rafael Nadal's career not over, he will win another Grand Slam



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Alex Corretja: Rafael Nadal's career not over, he will win another Grand Slam

Former world No. 2 Alex Corretja insists Rafael Nadal's career is not over as he has tipped the Spaniard to win a Grand Slam again before he retires. Nadal, 35, had been plagued by injury issues throughout the whole year before finally deciding to put an end to his 2021 season.

"I understand that you miss the season because you want to find solutions to the problem you have. What worries me is that then he has to come back from a break and is getting older,” Corretja told Marca, as quoted on Tennishead.

“When you have been without a player for so many months, other problems come to you or the same problems come back to you, as happened to [Roger] Federer. You lose a lot of competition rhythm and that does worry me.

“It is true that recently it has shown that with little and long ago. It is not like before that it took many games to feel the ball. It has me unsettled to see how he will be after so many months without competing, but he is optimistic.

“I know, from his surroundings, that he is eager and that this is not over. Rafa’s career is not over and I am confident that he will win another Grand Slam”.

Nadal tried to come back but it didn't work out

Nadal, who captured his 20th Grand Slam at last year's French Open, failed to defend his title at Roland Garros this year.

Nadal, who was hampered by a foot issue, suffered a loss to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the French Open semifinal. Nadal then skipped Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics to rest his troublesome foot. After a two-month break, Nadal returned to action at the Citi Open in Washington.

Nadal suffered a shock round-of-16 loss in Washington and withdrew from Masters events in Toronto and Cincinnati before officially putting an end to his season. Nadal captured two titles this year as he made it all the way at the Barcelona Open and Rome Masters.