'That's why it is tough to play against Rafael Nadal', says ATP star

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'That's why it is tough to play against Rafael Nadal', says ATP star

It is a clash on social media between Andy Murray and Fernando Verdasco on the wild cards of the Madrid Masters 1000. Months ago, the British tennis player announced that he would miss the earth season, because he defined it as harmful to his body.

A statement that, however, was retracted when the winner of three Grand Slam events accepted the invitation to the Madrid tournament. An invitation that was not shared by Fernando Verdasco. The former world number seven posted a note on his Twitter profile in which he complains that only one of the wild cards went to a Spanish player, 20-year-old Carlos Gimeno.

The others, however, went to players of different nationalities, including Andy Murray. "Faced with today's announcement of the Mutua Madrid Open regarding the invitations they will offer for this year's tournament, many Spanish players cannot help but express our opinion.

We find it surprising, as well as very frustrating, that the largest tennis event in Spain show so little (or no) support for Spanish tennis players with the invitations granted, especially to the main draw." Rafael Nadal continues to lead the 2022 ATP Race to Turin, despite having missed out on the last two Masters 1000 tournaments.

The Spaniard has accumulated 3,350 ranking points from four tournaments so far.

Nadal is a true legend on and off the court

Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas have combined to win five of the last six Monte-Carlo Masters titles.

Speaking at his press conference after losing the 2022 final against Tsitsipas in straight sets, Davidovich Fokina was all praise for his vanquisher. "It's very different. It's different because, in the end, Rafael Nadal is a lefty and, you know, when we play against him we always play the backhand.

[That's why] it is tough to play against Rafa," he said. "Stefanos has a one-handed backhand. But it is not easier to play [against Tsitsipas] than Rafa either. It's a different ball. Physically, Rafa, he's a beast.

Oh, for sure I will play Barcelona. We have only two or three tournaments in Spain. So I have to play, because, you know, [it's] in front of my friends, in front of all my people," he said. "It's like I will go with more confidence and with a lot more emotions than here."

Rafael Nadal is a true legend on and off the court. The Spaniard is the most successful player in men’s singles in terms of Grand Slam titles. Earlier this year, he lifted the Australian Open title, overtaking Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on the list of the number of major titles.