Over the past few years, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have kept the Big 3 name high as Roger Federer declines. The Swiss champion has had knee surgery three times in the last year and a half and has played very few matches in 2021.
The hope of his countless followers is that the King will be able to treat himself to a final catwalk next year. Nadal has also been struggling a lot lately, having been blocked by a back problem and then a painful foot injury.
The 35-year-old Spaniard, who has played the misery of seven official tournaments this season, has decided to close his 2021 prematurely to fully recover from a physical point of view. Djokovic, for his part, saw the dream called 'Calendar Grand Slam' vanish one step away from the finish line.
After clinching the first three majors of the season, the world number 1 surrendered sharply to Daniil Medvedev in the final at the US Open. In a recent interview with 'The First Serve', the young Finnish promise Emil Ruusuvuori described her training sessions with Rafa and Novak.
Ruusuvuori on Rafael Nadal
Recently, Finland’s No. 1 player, Emil Ruusuvuori, reflected on his interactions with Rafael Nadal. He found the Spaniard to be unique and difficult to return the shots back due to his heavy topspin.
He visited Nadal’s structure and had a knock with him. In the past, he has even practiced with Novak Djokovic. “Rafael Nadal hits the ball so high from the first ball on. I will see there is no one with such an experience.
It’s a different kind of way that he approaches practices and of course, how he plays. I would say even Novak Djokovic is nice, he hits the ball cleaner, it’s not as high in pace in practice, but it’s something very, very different”.
Rafael Nadal was recently spotted playing some golf with his family and close friends in Mallorca. The Spaniard, who hasn't played competitive tennis since August, was seen teeing off at the T-Golf & Country Club in several videos that were posted on social media.
The Facebook handle of the T-Golf & Country Club also compiled a slideshow of snaps featuring Rafael Nadal & co. enjoying their time on the golf course. The Spaniard was accompanied by his uncle Miguel Angel Nadal, who played for Barcelona in the 1990s.
Rafael Nadal struggled with various physical issues in 2021, which allowed him to play only seven ATP events in total.