'Rafael Nadal's been selective about how many...', says former star
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 5058
Rafael Nadal continues to write the history of tennis. The 35-year-old Spaniard continues to give great performances on the tennis court and to win numerous tournaments. From the first success of the season, with the victory of the Melbourne ATP to the conquest of the twenty-first Grand Slam, also in Australia, Nadal has broken more and more records.
With the victory of the ATP 500 in Acapulco, against Cameron Norrie, the numbers of the Spanish champion continue to grow, managing to break records and surpass himself. The numbers show what is the truth of these months: it is one of the best start of the season for the Spaniard.
Not only the Grand Slam title number 21, but also other records that demonstrate Nadal's return to high levels. Numbers, above all, that do not concern the red earth, a surface he has always dominated, but the concrete. The first stat to analyze is the one that leads to the first Masters 1000 of the season, Indian Wells.
It is the first season in which Nadal arrives at the Californian tournament with three tournaments won. In 2005, however, he won two tournaments (Costa do Sauipe and Acapulco), but it was also the year in which he won the largest number of tournaments won in his career, reaching 11.
Another record concerns the consecutive titles won by Rafa Nadal on a surface other than his favorite, the clay. In fact, it is the second time in his career that he has won three consecutive titles on hardcourt. For the first time, reference is made to 2013: in that year, there were four consecutive trophies raised by Nadal.
The Spaniard, then 27, won Indian Wells, the Canadian Open, Cincinnati and the second Grand Slam of that season, the US Open.
Tracy Austin on Rafael Nadal
During a recent conversation on Tennis Channel, two-time Slam champion Tracy Austin was asked if she considers Rafael Nadal the best player in the world despite Medvedev having recently clinched the No.
1 position. "Wow, that's a great question because Rafa's been selective about how many tournaments he's playing because of that left foot injury; he did not play for the last five months of 2021," Tracy Austin said. "So he's not playing as many tournaments and also remember Novak Djokovic didn't get to play the Australian so that helped Medvedev become World No.
1. I think for this year, can I sit on the fence there? For this year it's obviously Rafa Nadal. He even said he's been very emotional when he gives the interviews afterward because 'a month and a half ago no one on my team (and) I wouldn't have believed this' because the pain was hurting him so much," she continued.
"Now at 35 that's absurd, at 35 years old, to go in 15-0, best season start of his career ever, is absolutely amazing. How do you even stay motivated for that span of 17 years?"