Rafael Nadal returned to the field in Australia after a foot problem and has signed yet another feat of his extraordinary career. Despite the long period of inactivity, the Spanish champion first won the ATP 250 tournament in Melbourne and then clinched the 21st Major at the Australian Open.
The Majorcan overtook Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the fight for the Grand Slam primacy and the impression is that he can still win many trophies this season. Pending official statements, Nadal is registered in the Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami tournaments.
However, the Spaniard, in the last Australian press conference, stated that he will have to carefully evaluate his physical condition before participating in all three of the aforementioned events. Nadal will then move to the Monegasque clay to prepare himself in the best possible way for Roland Garros.
Zeljko Franulovic, director of the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, spoke of Nadal's presence. “I saw Nadal's final in Australia; the truth is, it should be the subject of a Netflix movie. It is superhuman. Nadal has extraordinary strength," explained Franulovic.
"Daniil Medvedev played at an excellent level, but it wasn't enough to beat a competitive champion like Nadal. It goes without saying that the Spaniard will play in Monte Carlo. I'm sure there will be, this is one of his favorite tournaments.
He will be able to start his preparation for Roland Garros here ”. Speaking to Eurosport, Franulovic also focused on Djokovic's situation, who could miss the Monte Carlo tournament. "If he meets the health requirements of the French government, we will be happy to host him.
For the moment, as far as I know, he is not vaccinated. As soon as he is in good health under government regulations, we will welcome him with open arms."
Carlos Moya talks about Nadal
In a recent interview with Onda Cero, Rafael Nadal's coach Carlos Moya spoke highly about how his charge was able to take his first chance to win a 21st Slam.
"What's amazing is how he seized his chance," Moya said. "Roger had two match points to win the 21st Grand Slam and could not convert them. Novak couldn't resist the pressure and played one of the worst matches in years in the final of the US Open 2021.
But Rafa was able to recover from a bad start and control his nerves, while knowing that he was facing a great opportunity in his career." In the same interview, Carlos Moya also claimed that if healthy, Rafael Nadal would be among the top contenders at the upcoming French Open.
"He will be one of the big favorites at Roland Garros 2022 if he is healthy," Moya said. "And this tournament is the big goal at the moment."