The 21-time Major champion Rafael Nadal is back on the practice court after missing four weeks due to an injury! The Spaniard started with a light practice run on Monday at home in Mallorca, hoping to get back at 100% and get ready for the Madrid Masters in a couple of weeks.
After four tournaments in 2022, Rafael Nadal is 20-1, winning three consecutive titles and losing the Indian Wells final. The Spaniard had to close the previous season in August, struggling with a left foot injury and playing only two matches after that tough Roland Garros loss to Novak Djokovic.
Rafa made a fresh start this January, not putting any pressure on himself and just wanting to play injury-free. Nadal conquered a small ATP 250 event in Melbourne and gathered a boost ahead of the Australian Open. Rafa secured the record-breaking 21st Major crown in Melbourne, lifting the first Australian Open crown in 13 years to write history books.
Rafael Nadal is back on the practice court after four weeks.
With a boost on his side, Nadal conquered his fourth Acapulco title in February, beating Daniil Medvedev and Cameron Norrie to extend the winning streak. Seeking the fourth consecutive title in Indian Wells and the first in the desert since 2013, Rafa played well to reach the 53rd Masters 1000 title match.
The Spaniard defeated Sebastian Korda from 5-2 down in the final set to avoid an early setback and toppled Daniel Evans and Reilly Opelka to advance into the quarter-final. A three-time champion prevailed over Nick Kyrgios to set a thrilling clash against the young compatriot Carlos Alcaraz.
Feeling the pain in his left rib, Nadal battled past the youngster 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in three hours and 12 minutes, struggling but giving his best to cross the finish line first and remain on the title course. Fighting for the 37th Masters 1000 crown, Rafa experienced a 6-3, 7-6 loss to Taylor Fritz in two hours and six minutes.
The more experienced player squandered his chances in the second set and settled with the runner-up prize after the season's first loss. Nadal went home to Barcelona and learned that he had a fractured rib. The Spaniard had to stay away from the court for a month, and he skipped Monte Carlo and Barcelona, two of his favorite stops on the Tour.
Rafa started to practice again on Monday, and he hopes to get ready for the season's fourth Masters 1000 event at home in Madrid.