In spite of many setbacks, Rafael Nadal concluded the 2004 season in glory, defeating the no. 2, Andy Roddick, in the final of the Davis Cup in Seville and becoming the youngest player with a triumph at the end of the outstanding team competition.
Starting the next season just outside the top 50, Nadal lost in the quarterfinals in Doha before Ivan Ljubicic and retired in the first game in Auckland, with slight respiratory problems and hoping to play without problems in the first major of the Season in Melbourne.
The young man made a great start against Julien Benneteau before surviving a tough Test of Mikhail Youzhny in five sets to enter the last 32. Bobby Reynolds could not do much against the most promising young man in the world, who lost only five games and sealed The treatment in the 90 minutes to preserve energies for the long-awaited clash against Lleryton Hewitt on the fourth round at Rod Lauer Arena.
The Australian defeated Spanish in 2004 after winning two tiebreaks, and worked even harder in this, scoring a win 7-5, 3-6, 1-6, 7-6, 6-2 in three hours and 53 minutes. Hewitt won only two more points than Nadal, who had a huge advantage in the sets two and three, motivated to show the best tennis of him in the deepest race in Majors until that moment.
In the end, Lleryton survived all the challenges in the fourth Set to secure him in Tie Break, leaving the young man with nothing at the tank in the decisive. Rafa took five breaks and Lleryton responded with six, delivering the best tennis at the tiebreaker where he did not have space for mistakes and using that impulse to run through a decisive and leave a teenager with empty hands.
Roddick comments on Rafa Nadal
Andy Roddick recently spoke at length about what could unfold if Novak Djokovic decides to sit out the 2022 Australian Open due to the vaccination mandate in Victoria. According to the former World No.
1, Djokovic could face the prospect of entering next year's Wimbledon stuck on 20 Majors, given that a fully fit Rafael Nadal will lie in wait for him at Roland Garros. "Also if we project forwards, obviously Novak has been pretty outspoken against it but just from a tennis perspective what does this do? Does he decide not to play Australia, then all of a sudden he's looking at the French Open," added Roddick.
"Will we have Rafa healthy there? Is he still on 20 as we're going into Wimbledon next year? Nobody would have thought that before the US Open final, so there are certainly some things in play."