Never before has Rafael Nadal won the first two Slams of the season. The former world number 1 left everyone speechless in the first six months of 2022, in which he proved for the umpteenth time that he is a legend of modern sport.
In addition to winning the Australian Open for the second time in his career, the Spanish phenomenon also won his 14th Roland Garros. The 36-year-old from Manacor was not even sure to take the field in Paris, given the pain in his foot that had already limited him during the tournaments in Madrid and Rome.
Thanks to a series of infiltrations and the help of Dr. Cotorro, the Iberian has accomplished yet another memorable feat. Rafa thus hoisted himself to 22 Majors, further stretching Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time ranking.
The Majorcan will be one of the most anticipated players at Wimbledon, where he hasn't triumphed since 2010. Speaking to Eurosport, John McEnroe said that it will be difficult for Nadal to win again in London.
McEnroe opens up on Nadal
"Rafael Nadal’s toughest one is going to be this one for me because if you go by what he said at the French Open, he was injecting himself on his foot during some, if not all of his matches.
I can’t believe you decided not to do that. I’m not sure how he did it in the first place, and he’s still able to win seven matches and look incredible, right? The guy looked amazing," McEnroe said. Speaking to the media, the former American player further revealed what he would do if he were in Nadal's shoes with regard to the Spaniard's chronic foot problem.
"If I’m 36, I don’t know how much longer I’m going to play, going for the Slam, I’d start shooting that foot up again and get through Wimbledon and the Open. That would be me. He may be able to play a few more years.
He also talked about wanting to be able to walk when he has kids. That’s a risk that no athlete wants to take," said McEnroe. Nadal is all set to play at the grass court major despite being stripped off its ranking points.
His coach, Carlos Moya, talked about Rafa’s perspective towards the tournament. He said, “Wimbledon is a fetish tournament for Rafa. He has won the title twice and has made five finals in a row”. Both of them have 20 grand slams each and Novak Djokovic will also strive to increase his score at the grand slam titles.