Rafael Nadal is having a simply fabulous season. The former world number 1 won two majors in 2022, the Australian Open and Roland Garros, losing just three games in the first seven months of the year. Although he has had to deal with foot pain, the Spanish phenomenon is still unbeaten in the Grand Slams (19-0).
The 36-year-old from Manacor was on the hunt for his third Wimbledon title, but was unable to play the semi-final against Nick Kyrgios due to an abdominal tear. Rafa has already resumed training intensely and will be at the start of the Masters 1000 in Montreal next week.
His big goal is obviously the US Open, a tournament he hasn't played since 2019. Given the probable absence of Novak Djokovic, the Iberian will have a great chance to stretch further in the all-time Grand Slam ranking. Over the years, the Majorcan's game has changed significantly.
Nadal plays less physical tennis than at the beginning of his career, but that hasn't affected his results. During an interview with 'Punto de Break', Guillermo Perez highlighted the ability of the Big 3 to evolve.
Perez reflects on Rafa Nadal
During an interaction with Punto de Break, Perez observed how the good players like Rafael Nadal have evolved their game but still maintained their consistency. "The good guys keep winning; the good ones not only stay, they improve, because I would say that right now Nadal plays better tennis than before," said Perez.
"Maybe he has fewer legs, less physical, but he plays better tennis, that makes his game perform better." In Nadal’s autobiography, Toni describes how his nephew was a well-mannered boy while growing up. He said, “Respect for other people, for everyone irrespective of who they might be or what they might do, is the starting point of everything.
What is not acceptable is that people who have had it all in life should behave coarsely with other people. No, the higher you are, the greater your duty to treat people with respect”. Talking about what he would have done if Nadal was an ill-mannered boy, Toni said, “I would have hated my nephew to have turned out any other way, to have performed tantrums on court, to have been churlish with his opponents, with the whole world watching on TV.
Or, for that matter, to be impolite with the umpires or the fans. I always say, and his parents do too, that it is more important to be a good person than a good player”.