'Considering Rafael Nadal's age and health...', says former ATP ace

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'Considering Rafael Nadal's age and health...', says former ATP ace

Iga Swiatek and Daniil Medvedev praised and enjoyed each other on their social media. The Russian tennis player posted a story on Instagram while eating a pretzel, offering it to number 9 on the WTA rankings. The Polish tennis player relaunched the story with a lot of fun, adding the caption: "You made my day happier", adding that that day she too had looked like a pretzel on the court, probably during the training session.

The explanation for this reference can be found on a direct Instagram between the two a few months ago, in which Swiatek compared the Russian's style of play to a pretzel due to the strangeness of the poses Medvedev takes on the court, writhing like him.

typical German bread. The world's No. 2 himself has admitted that the pretzel moniker might as well fit the way he plays. The 20-year-old Pole had a low-key season, especially in the second half of the year. After her extraordinary triumph at Roland Garros 2020, in which she dominated the tournament and annihilated opponents in her path without conceding a single set, it seemed that a star had been born.

In the season that just ended, Swiatek could not keep up with expectations, winning two tournaments (the 500 in Adelaide and the Internazionali d'Italia) but disappointing in the Grand Slam events, in which she failed to pass.

quarter finals. in Paris. Rafael Nadal arrived in Kuwait on Sunday, where he will likely make a short pitstop days before heading off to Abu Dhabi for the Mubadala World Tennis Championships. Nadal intends to make his comeback at the exhibition event, which will also feature the likes of Dominic Thiem, Emma Raducanu, Andrey Rublev and Andy Murray.

Nadal arrived in Kuwait on Sunday

In an interview with Vedomostisport, Dmitry Tursunov said Roger Federer would find it hard to win another Slam, while Rafael Nadal's intense game could be a disadvantage to the Spaniard given his age and physical concerns.

"I find it hard to assume that Novak won't win another Grand Slam. He will break the record for the number of wins, that's not a problem for him. Roger has very little chance of winning another Major, given his age, style of play and condition.

Rafa's game is too energy-intensive, he plays every game like it's the last. Considering his age and health, this is a disadvantage," Tursunov said. "The three complement each other. Djokovic has become such a strong player thanks to Federer and Nadal.

He tried to find ways to overcome them, and he relied on physical preparation. He looks like a triathlete right now, he's very meticulous," Tursunov added.