Former world No. 2 Alex Corretja feels it is a "miracle" what Rafael Nadal has managed to accomplish so far this season. After missing almost the entire second half of the 2021 season due to a foot injury, Nadal won the Australian Open in January.
Then, Nadal was hampered by rib stress fracture and a chronic foot pain but still managed to win a record 22nd Grand Slam title at the French Open. Now, Nadal is set to compete at Wimbledon for the first time since 2019.
"I feel like 2022 for Rafa, it's a miracle, since the very beginning of the year," Corretja told Eurosport. "After winning the first tournament, then the first Slam, he then got hurt again and he didn't have that much time for preparation for Roland-Garros.
He then ended up winning, and one week later, or two weeks later, I thought, 'okay, maybe he needs time to rest, he needs time to recover' Again, now, he is ready to go and try to play at Wimbledon."
Corretja: I feel only Nadal can do that
For two weeks straight, Nadal's foot was "asleep" at the French Open.
After winning the French Open, Nadal underwent a foot treatment and returned to the practice just seven days after his French Open victory. "I feel like only Rafa can do that, honestly, because all the ups and downs physically that he had he overcame them.
It shows how humble he is, and how much desire he has to keep on going. I don't think he feels like winning the Calendar Slam; it's not on his mind. He is just going there to practise from the first day, get ready, and probably have the best chance he can for the first round.
This is his only goal. Then he will go little by little. This is why Rafa deals very well with these kinds of situations because he knows where he is and he just goes for it, just being realistic," Corretja added. Nadal has arrived to London and he plans to play two matches at the Hurlingham exhibition this week.