Sergi Bruguera's Spain, after winning in 2019, failed to gain access to the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup. The Spanish team had to do without its best players due to injuries and positivity at Covid-19. Rafael Nadal has given up the competition to recover 100% from the problem in his left foot; while Roberto Bautista Agut stopped a few days before the start of the most famous team competition.
As if that weren't enough, Carlos Alcaraz tested positive at Covid and had to leave the tournament prematurely. Bruguera gave an interesting interview to Punto de Break; interview in which he talked about the Davis Cup defeat and about Nadal.
Bruguera pays tribute to Rafa Nadal
Sergi Bruguera, the captain of the Spanish Davis Cup team and two-time Roland Garros champion, recently spoke about how he is glad to have never faced Rafael Nadal at the claycourt Major.
"I imagine that sometime I would have beaten him (Rafael Nadal), but I am convinced that he would almost always beat me," Bruguera told Punto De Break. "My obsession was always winning Roland Garros and I was lucky to win it twice, also beating very strong players along the way like Courier or Medvedev.
"Rafael Nadal is the best clay court player in history, a long way from the next one, so on that side I'm glad I didn't find him in my time," he added. Bruguera said that Nadal is indisputably the best men's Spanish tennis player ever, and that he would put himself in the top 5.
"I would put myself top 5 for sure, although there have been a lot," he said. "Rafa is the undisputed number 1, then Santana would come, then there are spectacular players like Orantes, Gimeno, Moyá and Ferrero."
Out of the 29 matches he played this year, Rafael Nadal faced a total of 365 return games. Having won 130 of those, the 20-time Grand Slam champion scored a sport-leading 35.62 percentage in return games won. These statistics are across all surfaces, in all countries.
Close behind Rafa was none other than World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who had a 34.60 percentage of return games won in 2021. Rounding up the three, 29-year-old Argentinian player Diego Schwartzman who came in second runner-up on the list.
His percentage of return games won this year is 33.94%. “This is the reality from now on. We’ll see what happens in a few months, but right now if there is clearly a favorite (to win more Grand Slams), it’s him,” Nadal stated.