'I think the conditions are great for Rafael Nadal', says expert



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'I think the conditions are great for Rafael Nadal', says expert

Rafael Nadal made a memorable feat at the Australian Open 2022, winning the 21st Grand Slam of his legendary career. In addition to the 13 seals at Roland Garros, the Spanish champion boasts six Majors on hardcourt and two on Wimbledon grass.

The former world number 1 is still unbeaten in 2022, having won his first 15 games (which earned him three trophies: Melbourne, Australian Open and Acapulco). The Majorcan is undoubtedly the most anticipated man in Indian Wells, given the absences of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

The 35-year-old from Manacor has won three times in California, but his last triumph dates back to 2013. Rafa was drawn from the top of the draw, the one that includes Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Iberian will not have a comfortable debut after the bye in the first round, as the talented Sebastian Korda is waiting for him.

In a long conversation on the Tennis Channel, Paul Annacone - former coach of Roger Federer and Pete Sampras - said that these conditions fit very well with the style of play of the 21-time Grand Slam champion.

Annacone praises Rafael Nadal

"I think the conditions are great for Rafael Nadal here," Annacone said.

"It's a gritty court. The ball grabs the court, goes through the court a little bit slower once it hits the court, but faster through the air. Which means spin is going to be exacerbated, which means that's problems for the other guys on the other side of the net because the ball is going to grab and jump.

And we know how well he moves." Rafael Nadal completed a double career Slam with his triumph at the Australian Open and he has six Major titles on hardcourt and two on grass. The Spaniard holds an unbeaten 15-0 record in 2022 so far - winning all three tournaments he has played.

"I think the conditions are great for Rafa here," Annacone said. "It's a gritty court. The ball grabs the court, goes through the court a little bit slower once it hits the court, but faster through the air.

Which means spin is going to be exacerbated, which means that's problems for the other guys on the other side of the net because the ball is going to grab and jump. And we know how well he moves." Rafael Nadal has struggled with his left foot since 2005.

Despite the foot issue, the Spaniard has been able to manage the injury to carve out an incredible career so far. Recently, at the pre-tournament conference in Indian Wells, Nadal gave an update about his foot injury.