During an interview with Eurosport, Mats Wilander hinted that Rafael Nadal may have miscalculated. Mats said: "I was convinced that Rafael Nadal would miss both Indian Wells and Miami, especially after winning the Acapulco tournament.
Chances are he pushed his body over the edge. If he had given up on Indian Wells, he would have had a full month to train on his favorite surface. It is not the first time that Rafa has exaggerated. He loves tennis and competition so much that he always wants to be on the court, especially in moments of great confidence.
He pushes himself beyond his limits, gets injured, gets back in shape and comes back in style. This is how Nadal's career can be summed up. We are talking about the best player ever on clay. Come to think of it, it is incredible that he has won so much despite the long stops due to injury."
Rafa will be one of the protagonists of the Mutua Madrid Open, which will take place in the evocative setting of the Caja Magica.
Rafael Nadal will be in Marid
The clay court season began without Rafael Nadal, who sustained a stress fracture in his rib during the Indian Wells semi-final against Carlos Alcaraz.
The Spanish champion started the season in an excellent way, literally breaking the bank at the Australian Open. Fresh from a long stop due to injury and arrived in Melbourne without great expectations, the former world number 1 has achieved one of the most incredible feats of his entire career.
After bending Denis Shapovalov and Matteo Berrettini, Rafa was able to come back two sets behind Daniil Medvedev in the final. Thanks to that triumph, the 35-year-old from Manacor climbed to 21 Majors, beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time rankings.
The Iberian has also become the fourth man in history to have won all Grand Slams at least twice (along with Djokovic, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson). A few hours ago, Nadal announced that he will be back in action in Madrid next week.