'If Rafael Nadal recovers, he still has two or three...', says former ace

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'If Rafael Nadal recovers, he still has two or three...', says former ace

Rafael Nadal advanced to the fourth round at Roland in June for the 16th time in 17 trips to Paris thanks to a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Britain's Cameron Norrie in two hours and seven minutes. Rafa celebrated his 103rd win at Roland Garros out of 105 matches to remain on the title field, losing serve twice in a row in the second set and quickly erasing the deficit to seal the deal in straight sets.

The Spaniard played well in the second leg, taking nearly half of Cameron's games points to take advantage of six breaks of 12 chances and control the score. Nadal got off to a strong start, hitting 13 winners and 11 unforced errors in the opener and losing four points on serve to keep the pressure on the other side.

30-0 down in the first game, Rafa took four points in a row and closed it out with a forehand winner. In the third game, the Spaniard fired another forehand down the line to stay in front before the Briton leveled the score at 2-2.

Nadal held the zero in the fifth game and broke his opponent after Norrie's forehand error that pushed him 4-2 up. In the seventh game, Rafa confirmed the lead with a forehand winner and held zero at 5-3 with a serve winner to close out the first match.

Norrie grabbed two breaks in the second set, which was not enough for a positive result, as Nadal stole 62% of the return points and stole the opponent's serve four times which kept him in command. In recent times, things have not gone according to the wishes of Rafael Nadal.

Arrese on his compatriot Rafael Nadal

Recently, former Olympic silver medalist, Jordi Arrese, reflected on his compatriot Rafael Nadal and his injury. Over the years, we have witnessed the 13-time Roland Garros champion bounce back from injuries and gone on to win the biggest honors in this sport.

The 57-year-old stated, “Achieving what Rafa has achieved is practically impossible. We will see if someone surpasses it”. He continued, “If Rafa recovers, he still has two or three very good years left because he has too good a level and is a mental predator,” stressed the Spaniard.

At the French Open, there were high hopes as usual. However, Novak Djokovic had other plans and dethroned Rafa in the semifinal. Following that, Rafa skipped the Wimbledon Championships and the Tokyo Olympics. He went and competed in Washington but lost in the early stages.

He then flew back home to work on his injury and soon ended the season as he needed to treat his injury. We hope to see him compete as soon as possible.