Rafael Nadal's 2021 was heavily conditioned by the left foot problem that prevented him from expressing himself to the fullest of his abilities starting from Paris. After missing Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, the Spaniard tried to take the field at the ATP 500 tournament in Washington, but already during the second round match, which was later won against Jack Sock, the first warning signs arrived.
The Majorcan has in fact moved rather badly on the field and highlighted a strong discomfort in the foot. The negative feelings that everyone felt at the end of the match with the American were subsequently confirmed, because Nadal struggled even more against Lloyd Harris, who defeated him in three sets while still playing tennis of the highest quality.
A few days before the start of the Toronto Masters 1000, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he would not be taking part in the Canadian tournament. After consulting the doctors and carrying out various checks on the extent of the injury, Nadal finally decided to undergo a particular treatment, not a real operation, and to close his season prematurely.
Uncle Toni reflects on Rafael Nadal
In a recent interview, Rafael Nadal's former coach and uncle Toni Nadal issued an update on the Spaniard's condition. The 60-year-old said he is confident his nephew will be in prime condition come the 2022 Australian Open.
"Things are going better," Toni Nadal was quoted as saying by Antena 2. "He (Rafael Nadal) is proposed to start in Australia. It will be fine. I am convinced. The idea is to have a great year in 2022. He will put all his efforts into that."
During the course of the interview, Toni Nadal also spoke about the 2021 US Open final between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev. The Serb was one match away from completing the Calendar Slam, but capitulated in stunning fashion and was beaten by the World No.
2 in straight sets. "Undoubtedly the No. 2 in the world can beat him (Djokovic)," Toni Nadal said. "Although he is a great player, he is also under pressure and in the final match the pressure could have beaten him."
Rafa skipped the Wimbledon Championships and the Tokyo Olympics, following which Rafa went to Washington but lost in the initial rounds. And after that, he came back to Spain to work on his foot injury. A while after, he called an end to his season in order to recover fully and get back in better shape for the 2022 season. And we wish him a speedy recovery.