The former champion of 17 Grand Slams, Mark Woodforde, believes that Rafael Nadal is the best volleyer today, as he considers that the Spaniard always places his volleys perfectly. Woodforde, who enjoyed great doubles success with Todd Woodbridge, admits that Nadal's volleying technique isn't always the prettiest, but somehow it always lands where he needs to land.
"Even when I'm commentating and watching, when I see Nadal come to the net, I often say, I consider him the best hitter in our game today," Woodforde said on the US Open podcast, according to Sportskeeda. "His technique isn't always the prettiest, but he always volleys on the open court.
I've hit a lot of low volleys and a lot of half volleys. I don't think I've ever seen this guy hit a half volley, he's always on the spot. Right" Nadal is a record 22 Grand Slam champion and many believe that his mental strength has been one of the keys to his enormous success.
"I think someone like Nadal is capable of hitting the reset button as many times as he has," Woodforde said. "With two sets to love, it's not about believing that you can win from there, but knowing how not to give up.
I love this ability of Nadal and every time he has adversity, he just doesn't show it, he's not going to give advantage over your opponent." In this year's Australian Open final, Nadal trailed by two sets to Daniil Medvedev.
In the third set, Medvedev had a 3-2 lead and three break points in a row in the sixth game. Down two sets and three break points in a row, Nadal pulled off an impressive comeback and won the Australian Open. After the final, Nadal admitted that it was one of his best victories.
Once again, Nadal's amazing mental strength was on display.
Rafa Nadal has won Wimbledon twice
Much like Rafael Nadal, Roberto Bautista Agut knows a thing or two about making a return from injury. The player from Benlloch made a comeback at the 2022 Mutua Madrid Open after having picked up a wrist injury in Miami.
"Rafa, the truth is that he is a player who has spent many games and has worked on his body. It is normal for him to suffer a lot of pain and discomfort," he said. "He is a player who has exceeded the normal limits. Perhaps he is the one with the greatest ability to sacrifice to get through difficult times," he said.