'Maybe we've got to be a bit like Rafael Nadal', says former star



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'Maybe we've got to be a bit like Rafael Nadal', says former star

Rafael Nadal hopes to extend his great moment at the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells, where he already knows what it means to be a champion by doing it twice, although the last one was in 2013. There is no tennis player in better shape on the entire ATP circuit than the Mallorcan, who remains undefeated in 2022 after the coronations in the Melbourne tournament, Australian Open and Acapulco Open.

With a record of 16 wins and no losses. He arrives at the first Masters 1000 of the season as the fourth seed, and the main draw draw paired him in the same sector as Russia's Daniil Medvedev, and opposite Serbia's Novak Djokovic.

Nadal, like the rest of the heads of the series, just had to debut in the second round and will do so between the winner of a clash between the American Sebastian Korda and a player from the qualifiers. In the next stage, if logic prevails, he would meet the British Daniel Evans (27), while the American Reilly Opelka (17) or the Canadian Denis Shapovalov (13) would wait for him in the round of 16.

Masur reflects on Rafa Nadal

After missing most of the 2021 season due to a chronic foot injury, Rafael Nadal has made an unbeaten start to 2022. "I certainly won't put a ceiling on what Rafa can achieve," Masur said.

"I think if he's playing this well on the hard courts... I don't like to prognosticate in terms of matches that he can win consecutively because it almost seems impossible; 15 in a row, (potentially) 17, 18, 19, it just seems quite incredible at that level.

I'm loathe to say what he can do." He added that fans should refrain from making predictions about the rest of Rafael Nadal's season and "live in the now," just like the Spaniard. "I will say the French is looking pretty positive for him.

If he can play this well on hard court, it's gotta put a spring in his step when he gets to Paris in May," he said. "But maybe we've got to be a bit like Rafa; over the years, has there been a better player at just living in the now? The past is done.

The next point hasn't happened yet. He’s here, right now. This is what he does, and this is what matters most," the Aussie added. "Maybe we just sit back and enjoy Rafa in the now, because it seems to be how he approaches it."