The 22-time Major winner Rafael Nadal is back on the practice court at home in Mallorca. Rafa has not played singles matches since the US Open, struggling with an abdominal injury and giving his best to prepare for Paris and Turin.
Nadal is back inside the top-2 for the first time since May 2021, defending no points in the rest of the season and hoping to fight for the year-end no. 1 honor with Carlos Alcaraz. Rafa did not play in the second part of 2021 and made a perfect return at the start of the new campaign.
He claimed 20 consecutive wins in 2022 and lifted his first Australian Open crown in 13 years following a memorable comeback against Daniil Medvedev in the final. Rafa conquered the ATP 500 event in Acapulco over Medvedev and Cameron Norrie in February and headed to Indian Wells as the favorite.
Rafael Nadal is working on his return at home in Mallorca.
Nadal experienced a fractured rib and could not do much against Taylor Fritz in the title clash, losing for the first time this year and skipping Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
The Spaniard returned in Madrid and Rome and did not play his best tennis after such a long break. Also, he struggled with a foot injury and gathered dark clouds over his Roland Garros preparation. As many times before, Nadal was a player to beat in Paris, receiving injections ahead of every match and toppling seven rivals to secure the 22nd Major title!
Nadal set his eyes on the first Wimbledon crown in 12 years, hoping for a good run in his first All England Club campaign in three years. The Spaniard reached the semi-final following an epic victory over Taylor Fritz in five sets.
Still, it marked the end of his campaign, dealing with an abdominal injury and revealing a seven-millimeter tear. Rafa could not serve at his best throughout the tournament and skipped Montreal to rest his body. Nadal hit the exit door in Cincinnati in the second round against Borna Coric and did not look good ahead of the US Open.
A four-time champion reached the fourth round in New York before falling to Frances Tiafoe in four sets and wrapping up his season at Majors with two trophies. Nadal competed alongside Roger Federer at the Laver Cup and could not serve at his best.
Rafa will use the following weeks to train and recover, hoping to play at his best at the Paris Masters and the ATP Finals.