'Rafael Nadal has added a new shot to his game', says expert

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'Rafael Nadal has added a new shot to his game', says expert

Rafael Nadal announced this Tuesday his return to the circuit at the Mutua Madrid Open. Through a message shared on his social networks, the Spanish legend confirmed his illusion to compete again in the Caja Mágica, where he has starred in countless spectacular moments that remain in the memory of fans.

The return of the Spaniard is one of the most awaited news by fans. Nadal has been out of competition since he played the final of the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells on March 20 against the American Taylor Fritz, a match in which he was hampered by a crack in his ribs produced during the semifinal match played at the BNP Paribas Open against Carlos Alcaraz.

"Despite arriving just before preparation and being difficult, I really want to play and play at home," Nadal acknowledged. "The opportunities are few. Let's try to do it in the best possible way. See you in Madrid!" Rafa signed this year the best start to the season of his sports career, winning the first 20 games played in 2022.

In a memorable start, Nadal lifted a historic Australian Open title, becoming the most successful Grand Slam player in the history of men's singles tennis. The Spaniard will arrive in Madrid as the tennis player with the most titles of the ATP Tour season, adding to the triumph achieved at Melbourne Park the victories signed at the ATP 250 in Melbourne and the ATP 500 in Acapulco.

Nadal made history

Patrick Mouratoglou recently took to Instagram to explain three changes he feels Rafael Nadal has made to his game over the years. "First, Rafa's game has become more and more aggressive. Early in his career, he would win games by forcing long rallies from baseline," Mouratoglou said.

"Now he is looking to step inside the court more, take control of the points and shorten the rallies to conserve energy." Finally, Patrick Mouratoglou asserted that the addition of the slice to the World No. 4's repertoire is what has made him a far more formidable opponent on the court.

"Third, he has added a new shot to his game. In the Australian Open final, we saw him use the slice a lot to bring [Daniil] Medvedev to the net. He even used the drop shot to make him doubt," Mouratoglou said. "Rafa has also improved his volley game, and now, you'll see him come to the net. If he hadn't made those changes, I believe that he wouldn't be the player that he is today."