World No. 14 Diego Schwartzman thinks Rafael Nadal's comeback in Australia was absolutely impressive. Nadal, a former world No. 1, took a two-month break after last year's French Open due to a foot injury. Nadal returned to action in Washington, where he suffered a surprise loss to Lloyd Harris.
Shortly after, Nadal put an end to his 2021 season due to a foot injury. Nadal wasn't sure whether he would be able to make a comeback in 2022. Nadal made a comeback this past January and won back-to-back titles at the Melbourne Summer Set and Australian Open.
"No one could expect such a comeback, I think even he didn't expect it. To be out for six months and come back without losing a single match is impressive. I remember training with him the days before the tournament started and it was as if nothing had happened to him.
I think he also fed on the absence of Djokovic. Knowing he wasn't there and seeing himself training well made him believe more in his chances. I think it's admirable and spectacular what he's accomplished," Schwartzman said, according to We Love Tennis.
Nadal made tennis history
Nadal recovered from two sets in the Australian Open final to beat world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev. It was Nadal's second Australian Open title and a record 21st Grand Slam title. Nadal broke the all-time Grand Slam record as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer now sit on the second place with 20 Majors.
Djokovic didn't get a chance to play at the Australian Open after getting his visa revoked by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke. For the first time since 2018, Djokovic didn't win the Australian Open. Nadal has returned to Spain, where he is taking some time off.
Nadal's next scheduled tournament is Acapulco, which starts on February 21. Nadal last played in Acapulco in 2020, when he beat Taylor Fritz in the final to lift the title.