During an interview with the Tennis Channel, Paul Annacone talked about the difficulties of tennis players in beating Rafael Nadal on clay-courts. Paul explained: "The hardest thing in tennis is beating Rafael Nadal in a three out of five match on clay.
I think it's still the hardest thing to do today. Rafa has always loved playing long before Roland Garros, he needs it to find the right automatisms. He had a fabulous start to the season, then the fractured rib forced him to review his plans.
He has played fewer games than he would have liked and the pain in his foot has returned. He can find his best form during Roland Garros, perhaps struggling a little more in the early rounds. The most important thing is that the pain subsides, otherwise it becomes complicated.
Nadal's tennis is very expensive, he hits the ball as if his life itself depended on that point. "
Rafael Nadal ready for the Roland Garros 2022?
The former world number 1 was defeated by Denis Shapovalov in the round of 16, as well as accusing a flare-up of the foot problem that had significantly limited him last season.
The Spanish champion started 2022 in an exceptional way, literally breaking the bank at the Australian Open. After surviving two real battles against Denis Shapovalov and Matteo Berrettini, the 35-year-old from Manacor came back two sets behind Daniil Medvedev in the final.
Triumphing 'Down Under' for the second time in his career, Rafa overtook Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time Grand Slam rankings. Due to a stress fracture in a rib, the Iberian was forced to miss the first rounds on clay, Monte Carlo and Barcelona, and he did not shine either in Madrid or in Rome.
The Majorcan will arrive in Paris far from the best condition, as he himself admitted at the Foro Italico. Rafa, if he will be in good physical shape, will be the favorite for the final victory at the Roland Garros, with Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic.