'I would have never imagined that Rafael Nadal...', says former ATP ace

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'I would have never imagined that Rafael Nadal...', says former ATP ace

The start of the season for the Italian tennis player Jannik Sinner was quite good. The blue reached the quarter-finals at the Australian Open and achieved excellent results with the Italian national team where he made a big contribution to qualifying in the Davis Cup play-off against Slovakia.

In this 2022 the positivity at Covid has stopped his rise, but Jannik has shown that he reacts well and is back in the best way. The South Tyrolean is seeded number 10 in the American Indian Wells tournament, the first Masters 1000 of the season.

The blue is among the most anticipated athletes and the scoreboard is very interesting. Jannik has to defend the points he reached with last year's Round of 16 and now he has a draw that is not impossible, at least up to a certain point.

After the Bye of the first round, the blue awaits the winner between the Serbian Laszlo Djere and the Korean Kwon and a quite interesting path is looming. In the third round an Italian derby is possible with the other blue Lorenzo Sonego, who will face the winner of the French derby between Bonzi and Rinderknech in the second round.

In the round of 16 the blue player is on the side of the board of Casper Ruud, a player he has challenged in the past and who has also beaten at the recent ATP Finals. On hardcourt, seed number 8 is not an impossible challenge, but Sinner could also find himself facing the unknown Nick Kyrgios.

We know the qualities of the Australian and it is not impossible to see the player in the Round of 16. The wildcard will challenge South American Baez in the first round while he would meet Ruud in the third round. In the quarter-finals Jannik Sinner would face the Spaniard Rafael Nadal.

Rafa is on a 15 match winning streak

Tennis legend Mats Wilander is still in disbelief over Rafael Nadal's resurgence in 2022. Speaking in a recent interview with Eurosport, an astounded Wilander cited the Spaniard's renowned emotional strength as the main reason for his continued success.

"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.