'Rafael Nadal himself thought it could be the end of...', says top analyst

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'Rafael Nadal himself thought it could be the end of...', says top analyst

Very determined to keep the unbeaten run in the 2022 season and to give a show in California as well. Rafael Nadal wastes no time and continues to train on the Indian Wells fields, waiting for the start of the Master 1000, an important event that he absolutely does not want to disfigure after his recent successes.

The Spaniard is the opponent to beat at this stage of the year: the 35-year-old from Manacor currently has a 15-year-old record, which represents one of his best starts of his entire career. The goal is to increase the positive streak and try to worry again the best tennis players of the ATP circuit for the conquest of the title in America.

The Bnp Paribas Open is always a very coveted competition and in the next few hours it will be at the start in both the women's and men's fields. In recent years there have been many surprises during the event, time will make it clear if the trend will be confirmed again this year.

Nadal had an outstanding start in 2022

Tennis legend Mats Wilander is still in disbelief over Rafael Nadal's resurgence in 2022. "Rafael Nadal's turning 36 during the French Open. He is closer to 16 years old than 36 years old, emotionally," Wilander said.

"That is where he separates himself from the other Big-3, I should say." Wilander was especially impressed by the fact that Nadal's epic run has come during this part of the season, where he is playing on hardcourt and not on his favorite clay.

"It would be amazing if he could keep this up [after] we really thought last year that it was surely close to being the end of Rafa's career. He himself thought it could be the end of his career," Wilander said.

"I would have never imagined, even though [I expected him to be] playing physically, in a million years that he would be doing what he is doing now. Not during this part of the year. Yes, [if we] move forwards a month and a half, when the claycourt season has started, then we are back to Rafael Nadal, the ageless clay court king," he added.

21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal had an outstanding start in 2022. Currently, the Spanish is on a 15 match winning streak and is yet to lose a single match this year. Already, Rafa had three titles to his name in 2022, including the Australian Open title.