Rafael Nadal’s start to the season left everyone speechless. Fresh from a long stop due to injury, the Spanish phenomenon became the author of a memorable ride at the Australian Open. Coming back two sets to Daniil Medvedev in the final, the former world number 1 grabbed his 21st career major to general amazement.
In addition to beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time rankings, Rafa has become the fourth man in history to have won all Grand Slams at least twice. His streak of consecutive victories ended at 20, having succumbed to an excellent Taylor Fritz in the final of the Indian Wells Masters 1000.
During the semi-final against Carlos Alcaraz, the 35-year-old from Manacor sustained a fractured rib that will force him to remain stationary for several weeks. The Iberian has already announced that he will not take part in the Monaco tournament, while hopes of seeing him in Barcelona the following week are faint.
During a long interview with the 'Jot Down' portal, Alex Corretja spoke again of Nadal's extraordinary feat in Melbourne.
Alex Corretja talks about Nadal
“I burst into tears because I did not understand how Rafael Nadal could have started again.
It's incomprehensible what he's doing. I am impressed that he is able, today, to have the same illusion, the same desire to continue to succeed. To think that he comes back from several months without playing, having passed the covid in December, and that he is going to Melbourne to play a small tournament.
And he earns it. So I put a tweet saying, 'Amazing what he's done' and I got a lot of responses – and people are very respectful to me on Twitter and Instagram – and they're like, 'Well, how can he not win these…” and I tried to explain to them: “It's part of the process and this process will help him arrive at the grand slams with a different attitude”.
To see that he was able to come back from that game against a wall like Medvedev and was able to find a way to escape again was so indescribable to me… And then he lost his serve at 5– 4 to the fifth! Then you're like, 'there's no way he's not winning after everything he's been through'
I try to be very impartial in the matches I commentate, but there was too much emotion. That's why I was in tears" - Alex Corretja stated.