'Rafael Nadal will run as fast as he can and fight', says former ATP ace
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 3382
Rafael Nadal was unable to prepare in the best way possible for Roland Garros 2022. The former world number 1 had a fabulous start to the season, in which he won the Australian Open against all odds. Coming back two sets of disadvantage to Daniil Medvedev in the final, the Spanish champion scored his 21st Grand Slam by beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time standings.
The Iberian also became the fourth man in history to have won all the majors at least twice (along with Djokovic, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson). A stress fracture in a rib forced him to skip the first rounds on red (Monte Carlo and Barcelona), complicating his plans considerably.
The 35-year-old from Manacor did not shine either in Madrid or in Rome, coming out rather battered from the challenge against Denis Shapovalov. The pain in his foot was felt again and Rafa expressed all his concern at a press conference.
During a recent interview with MARCA, Mats Wilander analyzed Nadal's prospects in detail.
Wilander opens up on Rafa Nadal
"No, not at all. Rafael Nadal's career is like that. I always compare Rafa to a horse: he will run as fast as he can and fight.
Their effort has no limits, their limit is injuries. He will continue until an injury allows him to play anymore. The reality is that he has learned to come back from injuries and always comes back. You always see something different when he's back.
One day he will not be able to return. He implied that maybe he wouldn't be able to last year and the results have shown him to be wrong. It is true that he may have felt injured in Rome, but he knows how to preserve his physique to give himself a chance at Roland Garros." Rafael Nadal faces a long and uncertain road ahead of the French Open later this month.
The former World No. 1 has serious injuries to deal with and looks to be far from his peak in the matches he competed in. Rafael Nadal is the most successful player at the tournament, winning the tournament a record 13 times.
In the women’s section, Chris Evert has won seven Roland Garros titles, the most in women’s singles. This year, the tournament has announced a massive increase in the prize money for the players. Semifinalists and quarterfinalists will get €600,000 and €380,000, respectively.
Further, players making it to the pre-quarterfinals in singles will pocket €220,000. Players losing in the third, second, and the first round of the singles competition will receive €125,800, €86,000, and €62,000, respectively.