'Rafael Nadal has to live with that', says top analyst

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'Rafael Nadal has to live with that', says top analyst

Rafael Nadal had a fabulous start to the season, proving once again that he is one of the greatest athletes ever. Having played just seven official tournaments last season, the Spanish phenomenon has conquered the Australian Open by subverting all odds.

In a tournament that had often been hostile to him in recent years, the former world number 1 accomplished a memorable feat by coming back two sets of disadvantage to Daniil Medvedev in the final. The 35-year-old from Manacor has hoisted himself to 21 Majors, overtaking Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time rankings.

Rafa also became the fourth man in history to have won all Grand Slams at least twice (along with Djokovic, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson). The Iberian will try to stretch further at Roland Garros, where he will go hunting for his 14th seal.

The Majorcan does not show up in Paris in the best conditions, having once again accused the pain in his foot that had tormented him in 2021. Interviewed by 'Europa Press' in recent days, Alex Corretja took stock of Nadal's condition.

Corretja on Rafael Nadal

"If Rafael Nadal has no pain, he will have the chance to win the title," Corretja said. "The little pace that Rafa has compared to his rivals will be replaced with experience and the first week of the tournament.

The draw will be important, but if he has no discomfort there is no doubt that Rafa can get to Paris and be successful again. Someone who has 13 titles there, just with that and the state of form in which he was - his experience and his tennis are enough to win again, as long as he doesn't have discomfort."

Alex Corretja further discussed the physical challenges Rafael Nadal has faced, suggesting his year has already been a success given his Australian Open victory. "Sometimes, [the injury] doesn't let him play and other times he wins the title," Corretja said.

"He has to live with that and when it comes it's a very strong blow, especially now that the most important moment of the season has arrived for him. The problem will be his physical limitations. If he sees that with them he cannot choose to be a Grand Slam champion and give him the opportunity to be one, he thinks about withdrawing. But he has already won a Grand Slam this year and everything that comes [after] it will be a prize."