'I don't think Rafael Nadal thinks about...', says top coach

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'I don't think Rafael Nadal thinks about...', says top coach

2022 gave Rafael Nadal great satisfaction. After a 2021 full of setbacks and closed prematurely, this year the Spaniard has put two Grand Slam titles on the board. The former world number 1 has in fact imposed himself at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, proving for the umpteenth time that he is a living legend.

The comeback against Daniil Medvedev in Melbourne will remain etched in the memory of fans for a very long time, as well as the victory against Novak Djokovic in Paris. The 36-year-old from Manacor suffered a tear in his abs at Wimbledon, where he was hunting for his third seal.

That injury prevented him from playing the semifinal against Nick Kyrgios and conditioned him on his way to the US Open. The 22-time Grand Slam champion showed up in New York in precarious conditions and left the scene already in the second round against Frances Tiafoe.

Interviewed by 'AS' these days, Toni Nadal analyzed Rafa's 2022 and denied that the rise of Carlos Alcaraz may have distracted his nephew.

Toni Nadal reflects on Rafa

During an interview with the Madrid media AS, Toni Nadal brushed off several current issues related to Rafael Nadal.

When the journalist asked him if the presence of Carlos Alcaraz took the pressure off his nephew, the Spanish coach did not hesitate before answering. “I don't think Rafael thinks about that at all. Rafael plays for himself, he doesn't play wondering if Carlos Alcaraz, David Ferrer or even Djokovic are there.

My nephew plays accepting the presence of one or the other knowing that he is a difficult opponent,” said Toni, the day after a historic day for Spanish sport with the presence of Alcaraz and Nadal. to the first two places in the world in the ATP rankings.

Florentino Perez is once again floating the idea of a European Super League and this time, the Spaniard has Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to serve his cause. "Nadal and Federer have played 40 times, Nadal and Djokovic 59, is this boring? This has boosted tennis and all the players because tennis comes out stronger," Perez said in an assembly meeting organized by Real Madrid.

"Against Liverpool, in 67 years, [Real Madrid] have only played nine times. What is the point of depriving fans from all over the world of these matches? Only by promoting football as a global sport will we be able to protect all the clubs and for this it is essential to offer matches of the highest quality and interest," Perez said.