The incredible start to the season of Rafael Nadal, winner of three tournaments at the beginning of the year (including the Australian Open) and stopped only by Taylor Fritz in the final of the Indian Wells Master 1000 after a 3-game winning streak, seemed to herald yet another season on clay dominated by the Majorcan champion.
However, the stress fracture in the side remedied in the final acts of the American tournament has upset the plans of the 21-time slam champion, who will be forced to stay away from the fields for 4 to 6 weeks. If his absence in Monte Carlo is now certain, his presence at the ATP 500 in Barcelona is still in the balance.
In an interview with Marca, the director of the Catalan tournament, former world number three David Ferrer, said that the hope of seeing the Spanish champion and great friend on the pitch is still alive. Ferrer reassured the audience of the Catalan event by promising a parterre of respectable players.
“There will certainly be three 'top 10' (Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud and Hubert Hurkacz) and 11 of the top 20. A final between Tsitsipas and Carlos Alcaraz would be attractive,” the tournament director told Marca.
The former Spanish tennis player then sang the praises of his young compatriot Carlos Alcaraz, who was also among the protagonists at the Miami tournament.
Nadal is one of the best problem-solvers on the tour
Rafael Nadal is one of the best problem-solvers on the tour.
He deals with success and failures equally with a balanced mind, focusing on the present. Opening up about maintaining balance in life he said., “In the end balance is important. One chooses what they think is going to work best for them or what they are not ready to assume.
Everything life is about balance and measuring your efforts. If one is sleeping the perfect amount of hours, doing the right prevention work, following the right diet, training the right amount but not enjoying life well it is going to affect your performance negatively”.
Nadal turned pro at the age of 15 and was one of the most successful teenagers in the history of the ATP Tour. He had 16 titles to his name before he turned 20. Even though experts had foretold that given how aggressive and intense the Spaniard’s game is, and given how injury prone he is, he will not be able to sustain his best performance for long.
However, nearly two decades and 91 career titles later, Nadal has proved his critics wrong and is one of the most successful players on the tour.