'Rafael Nadal didn't have a great claycourt season in...', says top coach

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'Rafael Nadal didn't have a great claycourt season in...', says top coach

The Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa has recognized the greatness of Rafael Nadal but has also added that the frequent comparisons of Nadal have done some damage because it is almost impossible to replicate what Nadal has achieved.

Nadal is one of the best players in the history of tennis and has spoiled the Spanish fans with his enormous successes. The bar that Nadal has set is putting enormous pressure on the other Spanish players, as anything short of winning a Grand Slam seems to be considered a failure.

"Comparisons with him have done a lot of damage and it's impossible to dismiss his legacy," Badosa told Eurosport Spain, according to Sportskeeda. "We are talking about the best athlete in history, not just from Spain.

Someone like that happens once every thousand years. We have to stay with the fact that we've been lucky but repeating Rafa's is impossible, although I hope I'm wrong." Badosa lifted her first WTA 1000 title in Indian Wells last year and recently reached a career-high of No.

2 in the world. "It is difficult to come after him because everything that is done seems little," Badosa said. "Doing a few quarters in a Grand Slam or winning Indian Wells is little in the country we are in, it has spoiled us.

Mouratoglou on Rafa Nadal

Tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou has declared that there will be "huge stakes" for Novak Djokovic at the upcoming 2022 French Open. "One: Carlos Alcaraz.' Carlitos' is probably the most solid player at the moment," Mouratoglou said.

"He won Barcelona, he won Madrid, as well as Miami a few weeks earlier. In Madrid, he became the first player to defeat both Nadal and Djokovic in the same claycourt event. Two: Stefanos Tsitsipas. Finalist last year in Roland Garros, Tsitsipas also had a good claycourt preparation for Roland Garros.

He defended his title in Monte-Carlo and racked up big wins over the last month. Three: Novak Djokovic. There will be huge stakes for Djokovic at Roland Garros this year," the Frenchman continued. "He dominated across several Grand Slam tournaments last year, and this will be his first Major in 2022.

If he wins, he will tie Rafa in the GOAT race with 21 and be in great position to take the lead. Four: Rafael Nadal. He's known as the 'King of Clay' and winning this year's Roland Garros would mean taking a two-title lead on Roger [Federer] and Novak in the GOAT race," Mouratoglou added.

"But, he didn't have a great claycourt [season] in preparation for the French and didn't look in too good physical shape against Shapovalov in Rome."