Rafael Nadal will lead a Major race at the end of the season for the first time in his career. Rafa claimed two Majors in 2022 and passed Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. The Spaniard played only 29 matches in 2021, struggling with injuries and competing only twice after Roland Garros.
As many times before, Rafa bounced back and made an incredible start to 2022. Nadal secured his second Australian Open crown following an epic victory over Daniil Medvedev in the title clash from 6-2, 7-6, 3-2, 40-0 down! Rafa stayed undefeated until the Indian Wells final, fracturing his rib and skipping Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
Nadal did not play well in Madrid and Rome, and his chances at Roland Garros decreased after feeling pain in his foot again. The Spaniard took injections ahead of every match and passed all the obstacles to lift his 14th Parisian trophy and celebrate the 22nd Major.
Rafa's uncle Toni Nadal is pleased with his former pupil's season, although he admitted it could have been even better, leaving a bitter taste in his mouth. Nadal reached his third consecutive Wimbledon semi-final but could not play against Nick Kyrgios.
Rafa struggled with an abdominal injury throughout the event and revealed a seven-millimeter tear that forced him to withdraw following an epic marathon against Nick Kyrgios.
Toni Nadal spoke about Rafael Nadal's season.
Setting eyes on the US Open, Nadal missed Montreal and suffered an early loss in Cincinnati.
The Spaniard gave his best to recover and fight for the US Open title, but that became impossible after feeling the abdomen pain again. Rafa fell to Frances Tiafoe in four sets in the fourth round, missing a chance to become world no.
1 for the first time in two and a half years. Nadal is still in contention for the year-end no. 1 honor, but he needs good results in Paris and Turin if he manages to recover and serve at his best. "I spoke with Rafa today, and he is fine.
He has had a challenging year due to injuries and setbacks. Rafa won the Australian Open and Roland Garros, but it could have been an extraordinary season. It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Rafa played well at Wimbledon but could not compete in the semi-final.
Also, he was injured in New York and could not fight for the US Open title. Rafa has had more trouble that one can bear," Toni Nadal said.