Rafael Nadal: 'That match is one of those that marked...'

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Rafael Nadal: 'That match is one of those that marked...'

Speaking to journalists in Mallorca, Rafael Nadal has confirmed that he and his wife Mery are expecting their first child. Recent photos of Mery from her vacation on a yacht started the rumours, and Rafa has confirmed the big news.

Rafa and Mery have been together since they were teenagers, and they got married three years ago in a beautiful ceremony at their house in Mallorca. Nadal has stated on several occasions that he would love to have children, and now we will see him in the new role of father at 36 years old.

His most significant rivals, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, have successfully embraced fatherhood and remained competitive, and Rafa hopes to follow in his footsteps. The Spaniard is looking forward to prolonging his career for a few more years with the arrival of the new member of the family.

Nadal has enjoyed a couple of days with his family and friends on his beautiful yacht, and is back on the practice court ahead of Wimbledon. Despite injuries and setbacks, Nadal has had a great run in 2022, and the year only gets better with the wonderful news of the baby.

Rafa skipped the second part of the previous season with a foot injury, and didn't know what to expect at the start of 2022. Overcoming injuries again, the Spaniard clinched his second Australian Open title after an epic win over Danill Medvedev in the duel for the title.

Rafa had to be absent from Monte Carlo and Barcelona after a rib fracture in Indian Wells. Nadal did not play well in Madrid and Rome, and his foot hurt again at the Foro Italico. The Spaniard required a foot injection before each match at Roland Garros, and overcame three tough hurdles to reach the final and secure his 14th Parisian trophy.

Nadal put all pregnancy rumors to bed

Rafael Nadal recently stated that the Davis Cup win, which came after an injury, was aided by the crowd who witnessed the contest on the claycourt of the Seville Olympic Stadium. "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.