Coach Toni Nadal has revealed that Rafael Nadal's condition is improving as he is confident that the former world No. 1 will be fine for the start of the next season and that he will have a big 2022 season. "Things are going better.
He has set his sights on starting in Australia. He will be fine. I'm convinced. The idea is to have a great year 2022. He will put his all into it," Toni told Voices of Sport, as quoted on Tennis Majors. Uncle Toni also reflected on the US Open final, acknowledging that Daniil Medvedev is a great player and that the Russian beating Novak Djokovic wasn't something that shocking.
"His opponent is the world number two and he can beat him. Although he is a great player, he is also under pressure and in the final match of the US Open the pressure got to him," Toni said of Djokovic missing out on a Calendar Grand Slam.
Nadal still feeling pain in his foot
In August, Nadal announced he was out of the US Open and also out for the rest of the season. “I’ve known better, but I’m fine,” Nadal said a few days ago. “My foot still hurts a bit.
It’s been a difficult time. My goal is to get better, knowing that at some point I’m going to have to face difficult and painful stages. But I have to go through them to put myself back in a position to fight for what I want.
I am determined to make it happen." After losing in the French Open semifinal, Nadal took a two-month break, skipping Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. “In my original scenario, I was playing Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open,” Nadal revealed.
“But scenarios cannot always be followed to the letter. You have to know how to adapt and accept things as they come."