The 20-time Major winner will not remember the current season for too long, winning two ATP titles and dealing with injuries that have ruined his chances for another top-2 or top-3 finish. Nadal decided to skip the rest of the season due to a foot injury, dealing with it since the Roland Garros semi-final.
After that, Rafa played only two matches in Washington and opted to close the season, heel his foot, and come back stronger in 2022. Eager to fight for the notable title, Nadal had undergone treatment on his foot in Barcelona and has started to practice again at home in Mallorca.
The Spaniard feels better and will work on his game and fitness in the upcoming months, hoping to get back at 100% ahead of the next season and the Australian Open. As we already said, Nadal claimed two ATP titles in 2021 but not the one he wanted the most following the third Roland Garros defeat to Novak Djokovic in the semis.
The Spaniard should finish the season inside the top-10 for the 17th straight time, as he still stands above his closest rivals despite missing almost the entire second part of 2021.
Rafael Nadal is back on the practice court at home in Manacor.
Rafa injured his back in Adelaide ahead of the Australian Open, missing the ATP Cup and reaching the quarter-final at the season's first Major.
Nadal claimed four wins in straight sets and opened two sets to love advantage against Stefanos Tsitsipas before losing the next three for a massive blow. Returning to action in April, Nadal lost to Andrey Rublev in the Monte Carlo quarter-final and battled past Tsitsipas in the Barcelona final after three hours and 40 minutes for his first ATP title since October last year.
Alexander Zverev halted Nadal in Madrid, and the Spaniard bounced back in Rome to claim the 36th Masters 1000 crown, beating Novak Djokovic in the final. The Serb served revenge in the Roland Garros semi-final en route to his 19th Major title, and Rafa had to skip the next couple of weeks due to a sharp pain in his foot, missing Wimbledon and the Olympic Games.
The Spaniard played two matches in Washington in August before calling it a season after realizing he could not do much in the upcoming months.