Rafael Nadal cannot be satisfied with his results in 2021, winning two titles but not reaching a Major final. Worried about injuries, Nadal had to end his season already in early August, playing two games after Roland Garros and skipping Wimbledon and the US Open with a major setback.
The 20-time Major winner claimed two titles in 2021, conquering Barcelona and Rome after fending off three match points in two matches against Stefanos Tsitsipas and Denis Shapovalov. Leaving everything at Roland Garros, Rafa failed to claim the 14th Parisian title after losing to Novak Djokovic in a thrilling semi-final that lasted four hours and 11 minutes.
Before Roland Garros, Nadal was eager to put the defeats at Monte Carlo and Madrid behind him and be a contender for another crown in Paris. Also, Rafa talked about his longevity, never believing that he would still be active in his mid-30s.
At 35, Nadal is still eager to get back to his prime and play another high-quality season in 2022 if his foot heals properly, he underwent treatment in Barcelona a couple of days ago and is hoping for a positive result. . Rafael Nadal is still ranked in the top 10 despite numerous injuries over the years.
"Nobody is invincible, anywhere. I lost early in Monte Carlo and Madrid this year, hoping to avoid that at Roland Garros. I will do my best to pursue another title. Ten years ago, I didn't think I would still be active in my mid-30s."
Nadal cannot be satisfied with his results in 2021
"I've been better, but I'm fine. A little sore from the foot. It is a time that is a bit complicated on a personal and professional level, but, honestly, with the illusion of improving and facing a process that is going to be difficult and painful at some point but that I have to go through to put myself back in a position to fight for what I want.
I am determined to do it" - Rafael Nadal said. "The script was playing at Wimbledon, the Olympics or the US Open. In the script was not being lame today (laughs). He has been lame for a few days. But the scripts are not to be followed to the letter.
You have to adapt and accept things as they come. I have had fantastic things, bigger things than I would have ever dreamed of, and also more complicated moments in the form of injuries, but within what is possible I have always had a way to get ahead.
Over the years, one must be realistic and things are more complicated because the clock is ticking, but I am positive and I appreciate how lucky I am to be able to experience this kind of thing" - the Spaniard added.