He had announced it on several occasions during various press conferences: "A month and a half ago I did not know if I could continue playing tennis. My future had become uncertain." Rafael Nadal has overcome the obstacle of the game with great sacrifice and determination.
serious foot injury and after a short time he had his just and deserved reward. The triumphs at the ATP 250 in Melbourne and above all at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season, represented other important milestones for the Spaniard, who was able to win the 21st major title after several battles against the best tennis players in the world.
The success of the Manacor native in oceanic land has once again demonstrated the superiority of the Big 3 in the world ATP circuit, although the age and physical difficulties for all three champions are beginning to increase.
The 'new generation', in great shape with the strong performances of Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev (pass for him to the AO) and Matteo Berrettini, still has to fight with the three monuments of tennis to take the stage and conquer heavy claims.
Former blue player Nicola Pietrangeli expressed his opinion on the final between the number 5 in the world and Daniil Medvedev: "For the first time in many years I saw a match from start to finish. A beautiful sight. The Russian is a fantastic tennis player, but not a champion," he said in an interview with the Messenger.
On Rafa: "Chapeau in front of this gentleman, who will remain in the legend of this sport."
Rusedski opens up on Nadal
In a recent interview with The Age, Greg Rusedski predicted that both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic could end the 2022 tennis season with "22 Grand Slam.
"I always said that Djokovic would end up with more Grand Slams and I still think the same. He is the best. The only place where Federer is dangerous is Wimbledon and we don't know how he will be physically. Possibly Nadal will win the 22nd Grand Slam at Roland Garros," said Rusedski.
"I think Djokovic will accept the challenge and try to win Wimbledon and the US Open however he can. We could easily finish 2022 with Nole and Rafa with 22 Grand Slams. We'll see what happens, but I think Djokovic will finish with more major titles," added the former World No.
4 player. Nadal has finally surpassed Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time Grand Slam tally. Prior to the Australian Open, the ‘Big 3’ had 20 Grand Slam titles each. After the win, Rafael Nadal’s career earnings, too, have risen, and are now close to a huge milestone.