In the past few hours, Rafael Nadal has made official his participation in Wimbledon. The Spanish phenomenon will fly to London on Monday and will do everything possible to arrive in good shape for the Championships. These first six months of 2022 have given enormous satisfaction to the 36-year-old from Manacor, capable of winning the Australian Open and Roland Garros despite the tremendous pain in his foot.
Thanks to a series of infiltrations and the help of his doctor, the 36-year-old Iberian won his 14th title in Paris, leaving everyone speechless (and also raising some controversy). In doing so, the former ATP number 1 stretched over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time Grand Slam standings.
Rafa won Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010, while last year he had to miss the tournament due to injury. In an interview reported by 'itennis.org', Nadal recalled one of the best moments of his career. The reference is to the victory obtained against Andy Roddick in the Davis Cup way back in 2004.
The Majorcan, who was only 18 at the time, took the challenge of beating ATP number 2 in four sets.
Rafa Nadal on beating Andy Roddick
"The match against Roddick in the 2004 Davis Cup final is one of those that marked my career, and I will never forget it.
People remember my performance for the freshness and how young I was, but the real architect of the victory was Carlos Moya, who brought us two points," Rafael Nadal said. "I think I claimed victory because the crowd was there to support me; it was essential.
I had some notable matches in every stage of my career, and this is one of them, especially after that injury. I played at a very high level and deserved the triumph after working hard on the practice court," he added.
Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick have played each other 10 times, with the Spniard leading the head-to-head 7-3. The American came out on top in their first-ever meeting in a round-of-64 match at the 2004 US Open. After getting past Roddick in the Davis Cup finals, the Spaniard beat the American in the semifinals of the Indian Wells Masters in 2007.
Nadal is currently in sensational form winning the first two Grand Slams of the year. Additionally, he has also confirmed his participation for Wimbledon after undergoing treatment on his foot. Meanwhile, World No. 2 Alexander Zverev will be absent due to the painful injury suffered in the semi-finals against Nadal in Paris.