Ready to confirm himself as the player in the best form of the moment, maintaining that unbeaten run built since the beginning of the season (current record of 15 wins without defeats). Rafael Nadal warms up his engines for his debut at the Indian Wells Master 1000, the first of the year, which certainly promises to be full of ideas and very interesting.
The Spaniard will face the American Sebastian Korda in the second round, after the usual bye to be the fourth seed on the board. The Manacor native returned once again to his injury from last year: "I tried to stay as positive as possible, now I have nothing left.
We didn't do any mobility or running training last year. After Roland Garros I could not walk even for two weeks. I wasn't ready to go to Washington or Toronto, but I wanted to try. The two months leading up to those tournaments were awful.
Then winning in Australia in early 2022 was really important. Being able to be competitive and enjoy the competition was what really excited me, as well as being able to play in a huge stadium full of fans " he began at a press conference in front of the media, in the words gathered by the ATP tour.
The secrets of his success: "Throughout my career, I have always been able to find a way to adapt my game when I needed to be the best. Sometimes I played more aggressively, other times I played a match more defensive, more tactically."
Nadal is 15-0 since the start of the season
Frances Tiafoe recently gave his two cents on the GOAT debate, saying that he personally considered Roger Federer to be the greatest player to have picked up a tennis racquet.
In the same breath, however, he conceded that it was not an easy task to ascertain objectively who the GOAT was. "It's tough [to decide who the GOAT is], but I'm still going with Roger Federer," Tiafoe said. "You can paint a whole picture with what he has -- stupid good service, can play all the shots, makes the game look so easy and is a great ambassador for the sport." The 24-year-old also spoke about Rafael Nadal's recent triumph at the 2022 Australian Open, where he won his 21st Grand Slam to overtake Federer and Novak Djokovic.
"But then again, Rafael Nadal is crazy. 21 Grand Slams and to do what he did, 2 sets down and 3-2 0-40 in the third, we're talking about three match points. He gets broken and it is over. He knew it and everybody knew it. To do it at the age of 35, the dude was talking about quitting tennis, bro," Tiafoe said.
"Rafa's [chances of becoming the undisputed GOAT] have a ticking time bomb, you could say that. But he just won the Australian Open."