'Rafael Nadal’s showing some wear in that armor', says former ATP ace

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'Rafael Nadal’s showing some wear in that armor', says former ATP ace

Rafael Nadal's 2021 was heavily affected by injuries. The Spanish veteran was hampered by a back problem in the early part of the season, which prevented him from showing up in form at the Australian Open. The former world number 1 returned to the pitch on his beloved clay, where he managed to put a couple of trophies on the showcase (in Barcelona and Rome).

The 35-year-old from Manacor, however, failed the appointment with his 14th seal at Roland Garros, which would have allowed him to hoist himself to 21 Majors. Rafa played the Parisian Grand Slam not in perfect physical condition, a sensation that became evident during the semifinal against Novak Djokovic.

Due to the pain in his foot, the Majorcan was forced to miss Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open. From there came the decision to close his 2021 early. The Iberian is working hard and plans to compete in the Abu Dhabi exhibition next month.

In a recent interview with 'Tennis.com', former tennis player Jimmy Arias analyzed Nadal's chances of winning Roland Garros again.

Jimmy Arias opens up on Nadal

"I never conceded the French title to Rafael Nadal, like some others did," he said.

"I’ve often felt like Rafa is on the verge of being beatable, but then he’d get to Roland Garros and win. He proved me wrong every time a lot of times. But now he’s showing some wear in that armor."

Former French Open doubles champiom Patrick McEnroe believes Rafael Nadal can win multiple Roland Garros titles in the future if the Spaniard's body holds up. "If he stays healthy, he (Nadal) could end up winning one to three more French Opens," McEnroe was quoted as saying by Tennis.com.

"That's a reasonable argument to make. It’s harder to make an argument that he can win multiple other majors at this point." World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is having the time of his life this season. After winning the Rolex Paris Masters title for a record 6th time in his career, the Serb has achieved yet another feat.

Djokovic has now won 86 titles out of 267 appearances on the ATP Tour, making him win 32.2% of those appearances. On the other hand, Rafael Nadal has won 88 titles out of 292 appearances, putting him at a win percentage of 30.13%. The third rival, Roger Federer has won 103 titles out of 367 appearances, winning 28.06% of those appearances.