A fractured rib in Indian Wells forced Rafael Nadal to miss the first rounds on clay. The Spanish phenomenon has resumed training for a few days and he should make his return to Madrid. The start of the season for the Iberian left everyone speechless.
The former world number 1 won three titles, as well as blowing the bank at the Australian Open. Coming back two sets of disadvantage to Daniil Medvedev in the final, the 35-year-old from Manacor hoisted himself to 21 Majors, beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time rankings.
Rafa will try to stretch further at Roland Garros, where he will hunt for his 14th seal. Djokovic will also be in Paris, as France decided to abolish the vaccination pass about a month ago. The Serbian will be called upon to defend the title he won last year, when he defeated Nadal in the semifinals.
In a recent conversation on the Tennis Channel, Chanda Rubin admitted she was amazed at the level Nadal showed in early 2022. Nadal withdrew from the Monte-Carlo Masters as well as the Barcelona Open, which he won last year by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.
Chanda Rubin reflects on Nadal
"It is (nice) and this was kind of the concern, what we saw, the stress fracture in his rib in Indian Wells, playing such great tennis, has had such a good start to the year," Rubin said.
"But, there was time before Roland Garros, I think that's where Rafael Nadal always looks to build. But it's just been so nice to see Nadal playing at this level, getting back healthy before the clay-court swing, this is where he is a real factor."
Rafael Nadal had a good run at the 2022 Indian Wells Masters but suffered a rib stress fracture during the latter stages of the tournament. On Sunday, the tennis world witnessed a great final at Monte Carlo Masters between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
After a tremendous battle between the two players, Tsitsipas ended the fairy tale run of the 22-year-old Spanish player. Following his memorable performances, Rafael Nadal took to his Instagram and shared a post and a story about Fokina’s tremendous week in Principality.
On his Instagram story, he wrote, “Great Week! Congratulations." Although Nadal congratulated his fellow countryman for his amazing week at Monte Carlo, it was probably heart-breaking for Nadal not to participate in one of the most successful tournaments of his storied career. The 21-time Grand Slam champion is an 11-time Monte Carlo champion, which is still a record.