Rafael Nadal was the great protagonist of the first half of the season. The Spanish champion, absent from the fields for a long time last year, returned in style by putting the Australian Open on the bulletin board. In a tournament that had often been hostile to him in the past, the former world number 1 accomplished a feat destined to go down in history.
The Majorcan in fact recovered two sets of disadvantage in the final, finding the energy to destabilize Daniil Medvedev just when the Russian was one step away from the finish line. The 36-year-old Iberian won the first 20 games played in 2022, before returning to deal with injuries.
Thanks to a series of infiltrations and the help of Doctor Cotorro, Rafa has managed to conquer Roland Garros for the 14th time in his career. The 22-time Grand Slam champion didn't stop after a huge effort in Paris, nurturing the dream of winning his third Wimbledon title.
Nadal is a source of inspiration for many athletes. Among these, there is also the MotoGP champion Marc Marquez.
Marquez pays tribute to Rafa Nadal
"There is also a reference called Rafael Nadal, who even when they considered him retired, has been able to overcome the pain and win again.
It was precisely with him that I met when they played the Masters 1000 in Madrid," Marquez wrote of Rafael Nadal. "I know everything he has suffered and that is why he is a reference for me, because although he is not at his best, he is capable of winning tournaments like Roland Garros," he added.
Nadal has time and again spoken about the extent of pain he has suffered over the years due to a chronic injury to his left foot. Marquez can very well relate to those sentiments. "I remember that he admitted in a press conference that the pain changed his mood and I understand that," Marquez continued.
Yesterday, after winning her first match in Wimbledon 2022, French tennis player Alize Cornet made a controversial comment that in the French Open, players had mutually agreed to stop self-testing and keep quiet. The comments came after Matteo Berrettini and Marin Cilic tested positive for covid and pulled out of Wimbledon.
“In Roland Garros, if am not wrong, I don’t remember cases. If somebody had a positive test, I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t have the whole information to have a clear opinion on that, so I prefer to not talk about things that I don’t know 100%,” he said.