Juan Pablo Varillas: I'm a big Rafael Nadal fan and I always believed in him

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Juan Pablo Varillas: I'm a big Rafael Nadal fan and I always believed in him

Peru's Juan Pablo Varillas is thrilled for Rafael Nadal as he always been a big fan and admirer of the Spaniard. Nadal, a former world No. 1, was severely hampered by a foot injury during the whole 2021 season. After the French Open, Nadal played in only event in the rest of 2021.

Nadal briefly returned to action in Washington, only to realize he wasn't where he needed to be. Nadal put an end to his 2021 season in August, hoping he would be ready for the start of 2022. Nadal feared he would never be able to come back but he returned to action at the Melbourne Summer Set, where he made it all the way.

Nadal then captured a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam at the Australian Open. "I am a fan of Nadal and I think he deserves all this," Varillas told the ATP Tour en Espanol website. “I never saw someone to come back after a career-threatening injury and win an ATP and a Grand Slam.

Nobody had much faith in him, but I always believed in him."

Nadal pulled off a historic win

Nadal was down by two sets in the Australian Open final but he recovered to beat world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5.

“If we put everything together, the scenario, the momentum, what it means…yeah, [it’s] probably the biggest comeback of my tennis career,” Nadal said after the match. Nadal now owns the all-time Grand Slam record as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic sit at 20 Grand Slams each.

“At the end history is about the victory, but the way that you win the match in terms of personal feelings is different,” Nadal said. “The way that I achieved this trophy tonight was just unforgettable, one of the most emotional matches of my tennis career, without a doubt. [It] means a lot to me”.