Former WTA champion and world number one Chris Evert is still impressed with what Rafael Nadal did at the Australian Open. The Majorcan champion only played one event in the second half of the 2021 season due to a very serious foot injury that was also compromising his career so much that, as admitted by the Manacor bull during the slam, he was considering a possible retirement.
Nadal, after being in doubt until the end, decided to fly to the Australian continent by winning the Melbourne summer 250 first and then the Australian Open. Almost an epic story then seasoned with an even more unexpected ending: down by two sets against the strongest player on hard court currently Daniil Medvedev, he had the strength to recover and win in five sets after more than 5 hours and 30 minutes of play despite the nearly 36 years old “Still mulling over Rafa's victory at the Australian Open.
How the hell did he win ????" - he published the former eighteen-time slam champion on the official twitter profile Medvedev was leading by two sets, had a 3-2 lead in the third set and three consecutive break points, but Nadal saved those break points and pulled off a splendid comeback: "It was an incredible game, certainly some small points , small details that I could have done better if I wanted to win."
Nadal reveals what failure means to him
In a recent interview at Cantabria Labs, Rafael Nadal talked about his views on tennis, calling it a "mentally aggressive sport" that requires a lot of focus. "Tennis is a mentally aggressive sport.
It demands you at all times. One has to be able to find a way to be focused on what one is doing almost 100%, without being distracted by external things," said Nadal. "I achieve that state of concentration by doing all the rituals I do.
I don't know if it's something positive or negative, but it works for me. I have some rituals that help me feel focused on what I'm doing. It's the way to differentiate when I'm competing from the rest of my life," added the World No.
5. In the same interview, Nadal talked about what failure means to him. The Spaniard said he doesn't judge failure based on results but rather on the right attitude and preparation. "For me, the only failure is not trying.
If I am going to play the Australian Open and come back after losing in the first round, but I have made an effort and I have the right attitude during the preparation week is not a failure," concluded the 21-time Grand Slam champion.