Young ATP ace pays tribute to Rafael Nadal

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Young ATP ace pays tribute to Rafael Nadal

In this 2022 of great discoveries and unexpected winners, a great constant of the first four months was however a veteran of this sport, Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard made his debut with victory at the Melbourne Summer Set, before accomplishing the feat: winning the Australian Open and conquering the twenty-first Grand Slam title, beating his other two long-time rivals, Djokovic and Federer.

After having raised the trophy also in Mexico, he was about to replicate himself in Indian Wells, in the first Masters 1000 of the season. However, an injury and a good Fritz took yet another success out of his hands. With this start of the season, many have considered the 35-year-old Spaniard invincible: this is the summary of the thought of Boris Becker.

"Nadal was actually considered invincible until he got injured in the semifinals against Alcaraz, who played for over three hours," Becker told Eurosport. During the Indian Wells semi-final against compatriot Carlos Alcaraz, Nadal had a rib problem that affected him; a problem that even the former world number one had during his career.

"I had it once too. It hurts a lot and it takes a long time before you can play properly again because you need to breathe," said the former world number one on the stress fracture in the ribs. winner of this year's Australian Open.

The former number one therefore defined Rafael Nadal as "invincible" seen in the early months of 2022. The injury, however, reduced everything, especially the French Open.

Rafa has made and broken many records

Nicolas Alvarez Varona believes there is no similarity between his career and Rafael Nadal's despite both men breaking out early on tour.

In an interview with Puntodebreak, Varona noted that his career "falls within the average," while Nadal's is one for the history books. "You have to understand that what is happening to me is more normal than what is happening to him," Varona said.

"My case falls within the average; it is even a little above, but it is more common than yours. What he is doing has been done by very few in history, you don't fill a hand. What you shouldn't do is compare Carlos with Rafa, you can't compare them because all you do is get frustrated, each one has to go their own way," he said.

Rafael Nadal, the legendary Spanish tennis ace, has made and broken many records. The Spaniard has a record of holding the ranking of world no.1 for 209 weeks.