In addition to his 20 Grand Slam titles, Rafael Nadal is also known for another rare reason, his pregame routine. Consequently, Andy Murray, Marin Cilic, Frances Tiafoe, and others responded in unison when asked who had the weirdest pre-game ritual.
So when asked who has the strangest pre-match ritual, Andy Murray replied: "An easy one for me, and that would be Rafa Nadal." In addition, he described the 35-year-old left-hander's method. "I guess it's just a bundle of nervous energy" When the question was asked of the world's 37th Alexander Bublik, a story emerged in the locker room.
He revealed: “Rafa is running around the locker room all the time. He almost hit me at the Australian Open." Subsequently, David Goffin and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic illustrated the rituals. While Goffin said, "What he's doing with his shorts, his nose on him," Cilic completed it, "Before I go up to serve or even to return could it be.
Uncle Toni talks about Alcaraz
Rafael Nadal's uncle Toni believes Carlos Alcaraz is technically superior to his nephew's 18-year-old self. According to Uncle Toni, Alcaraz and his nephew are different players stylistically but are similar in their hunger to win at any cost.
"They (Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal) are different players, but they do have things in common," Toni Nadal said. "All the people who play very well have things in common. The first is the will and desire to win, and nowadays it is difficult to see a boy who is very focused."
Rafael Nadal's uncle further revealed he was taken aback by Carlos Alcaraz's sheer quality the first time he watched the teenager in action. Toni Nadal then made the bold claim that Alcaraz is technically superior to what Rafael Nadal was when he was 18.
"From the first time I saw him play, he already surprised me," Nadal added. "Carlos at this age is more complete than Rafa was at his age at a technical level." It’s no secret that the absences of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have left quite an impression on this year’s US Open.
Although the two icons often meet towards the end of the tournament, they produced a level of tennis which the new generation of players look up to. However, the show must go on, which is a point World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev emphasized after his quarterfinal win this Tuesday.
He said, “I think for me it’s actually more about that when they were a bit younger or even few years ago, we always saw them in semis. They were in the top four so they couldn’t meet each other before semis, and almost all the Grand Slams they were in semis."