At nearly 36, Rafael Nadal has made the best start to the season of his entire career. The Spanish champion won his first 20 games played in 2022, a crazy streak that ended against Taylor Fritz in the Indian Wells final. The former world number 1 has already won three titles, as well as having achieved a memorable feat at the Australian Open.
Arriving in Melbourne amidst a thousand uncertainties, the 35-year-old from Manacor regained confidence as the rounds went on to win his 21st Major. In a tournament that had often been hostile to him in the past, Rafa lost the satisfaction of making two sets of Daniil Medvedev in the final.
That triumph allowed him to overtake Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time Grand Slam standings. Nadal also reached the last act in Indian Wells, after beating young compatriot Carlos Alcaraz at the end of a tough semi-final.
Juan Carlos Ferrero's protégé flaunted uncommon skills, which allowed him to establish himself in Miami last week. At Eurosport's microphones, Alex Corretja analyzed the comparison between the two.
Alex Corretja on Rafa Nadal
"Because Rafael Nadal is not jealous of Alcaraz.
He knows that Alcaraz is great, but he still has so long to go in his career, and of course, one day hopefully Alcaraz will be close to Rafa," Corretja said. Corretja also spoke about how he believes that Rafael Nadal is the best ever, but even he will have to find his best performances in order to beat the teenage sensation.
Corretja continued: "He is much older, but he has got much more experience. He is the best ever, especially on clay, but facing Carlos will be a big challenge for him." It has been a stupendous start by Spanish players in men’s singles this season.
Rafael Nadal began the year with a bang, lifting his 21st Grand Slam title. The 35-year-old defeated Daniil Medvedev in the summit clash of the Australian Open to overtake Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the race for the most Major titles.
The Spanish legend is sidelined from the tour due to an injury. Revealing one of the things he can’t live without, he mentioned the Airpods which he carries with him everywhere. Further, opening up on the choice of his music, he said, “I have my iPods with me almost all the time because when you are on the plane, when you are just before the matches, unusual with the music because I like almost everything”.