Rafael Nadal: 'The only thing I could say to him is...'

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Rafael Nadal: 'The only thing I could say to him is...'

The American Reilly Opelka has been one of the most important star tennis players in recent years. The experienced tennis player has recently been sidelined due to physical problems and Reilly has not played a tournament since the last Citi Open 2022.

Opelka was, along with Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver, one of the commentators for the Laver Cup and has taken on a new role. In recent hours, Opelka has starred in a curious social confrontation in which he has been forced to "virtually go out on the court" to defend his friend and compatriot Frances Tiafoe.

Frances Tiafoe teamed up with Jack Sock in the doubles match against Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, a match that went down in history as the Swiss legend's last match on a tennis court. The two Americans won the match and were subsequently attacked by numerous controversies.

Tiafoe and Sock received incredible accusations even for their victory, while others attacked Tiafoe for his excessively aggressive style: during the match Tiafoe almost always aimed at the body of the two opponents to make the point, a situation that social fans found excessive and criticized harshly.

Following the Laver Cup match, some Page fans on social media lashed out at Tiafoe and Opelka responded with disbelief and annoyance with various social messages. As for the strong responses to Tiafoe's body, Opelka responded: "You can't make stuff like that up.

I think for sure it's a joke." Users on social media responded by saying that they didn't want Federer and Nadal to win at all costs, but they also didn't want Sock and Tiafoe to get it by hitting the two legends at eye level.

Rafa Nadal is a legend

Rafael Nadal stated that he knew about Federer's retirement well before it was announced, when he was asked by the 41-year-old about his participation in the Laver Cup. While Nadal did not confirm his competitive participation, he stated that he guaranteed his presence in London even if he was not going to play.

"He told me ten days before announcing it but I didn't even know if he could play the doubles, because of the knee. We postponed the conversation a week later, and he also knew that, due to my situation, I cannot be away from home for a long time.

The only thing I could say to him is 'confirm that you are going to play to manage it everything, and as little as I can, I will be with you, play or not play'," he said.