Alex Corretja explains why post Rafael Nadal era will not be easy for Spain

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Alex Corretja explains why post Rafael Nadal era will not be easy for Spain

Former world No. 2 Alex Corretja believes Spain will have great player even when Rafael Nadal retires but still believes it won't be easy for Spain during the post Nadal era. Nadal, 35, is one of the most accomplished players in tennis history but he is nearing the end of his career.

Nadal is a 20-time Grand Slam champion and a former world No. 1. "I don't think there will be a drought of great titles, but the post Rafa era is not going to be easy. Because he has set the bar so high that it is going to be impossible to find someone who does everything that he has done.

I'm not afraid of the post Rafa era in terms of tennis players coming out, both in the men's and women's circuits, but I do think there will be a void because it has us all very badly accustomed to it. The important thing will be not to compare those who come behind with Rafa, because whoever you compare with him is going to lose," Corretja told Marca.

Nadal suffers a setback

After returning home from Abu Dhabi, Nadal tested positive for COVID-19. Nadal is hoping to recover quickly and continue his preparation for the 2022 season. "Hello everyone. I wanted to announce that on my return home after playing the Abu Dhabi tournament I have tested positive for COVID in the PCR test that has been performed on me when I arrived in Spain," Nadal said.

"In both Kuwait and Abu Dhabi we passed checks every other day and all came back negative, the last one being on Friday and having the results on Saturday. "I'm having a few unpleasant moments but I hope to improve little by little. I am now confined at home and have reported the result to people who have been in contact with me."