'I will choose Rafael Nadal', says former Top 10
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 8923
The 13-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal is giving his best to prepare for the second Major of the season. The 21-time Grand Slam winner has been dealing with a foot injury since the Rome Masters, barely finishing his quarter-final match at the Foro Italico.
Rafa trained at his home in Mallorca on Tuesday, and the spectators could see that he was far from his best, struggling to run but giving it his all to finish the training session. Nadal must arrive in Paris on Wednesday with his doctor and hope for the best before his favorite tournament.
Nadal has won 13 of the previous 17 Roland Garros titles, experiencing just three losses at the Clay Major and hoping to regain the title lost to Novak Djokovic a year ago. Rafa missed the second part of the 2021 season with a foot injury, feeling severe pain in the Roland Garros semi-final against Novak and playing just two more matches in August.
Like so many times before, Nadal made a perfect comeback and scored 20 wins in the first 20 meetings of 2022.
Fognini talks about Rafa Nadal
Jannik Sinner has described Rafael Nadal as "one of the greatest of all time" and revealed he would like to play doubles with the Spaniard some day.
"I choose Rafa because I know him," Sinner said. " He is one of the greatest of all time. Yeah, me in doubles - I'm not so good. So, if we lose it's my fault (laughs). I'll play with Rafa against Borg and Vilas," Thiem said. "Rafa - I know him pretty well.
I played great matches against him, so it would be nice to play doubles with him. I will choose Rafa," Fognini said. "Yeah physically, I think we are stronger [than Borg and Vilas]. So, I hope that works (laughs)." Walking in the footsteps of his idol Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz is having a dream run in 2022.
Winning title after title, the 19-year-old is currently the most promising player on the tour. On the other hand, his idol Nadal, who kicked off the year in the most desirable fashion is suffering from the ever-existing foot pain, which might impact his chances at the French Open.
Recently, taking some time off from his intense training, Carlos attended an event by Spanish news agency, EFE News. During the event, Carlos received the accolade for Best Athlete in Murcia. The route to Stade Roland Garros kicked off at the Monte Carlo Masters.