Although he had to deal with injuries, 2022 was still a year full of satisfactions for Rafael Nadal. The Spanish champion has won two majors, the Australian Open and Roland Garros, proving for the umpteenth time that he is a living legend.
The former world number 1 showed up in good shape at Wimbledon, where he was on the hunt for his third seal, but an abdominal tear prevented him from playing the semi-final against Nick Kyrgios. That injury made the second half of the season much more complicated than expected.
The 36-year-old from Manacor arrived in New York in precarious conditions, leaving the stage already in the second round at the hands of a wild Frances Tiafoe. She fared no better in Paris-Bercy, where Rafa surrendered to Tommy Paul in the second round.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion worked hard to get prepared for the ATP Finals, but the outcome of his Turin campaign was very disappointing. The Iberian was defeated by both Taylor Fritz and Felix Auger-Aliassime, however without scrapping a single set.
Speaking to Eurosport, Carlos Moya took stock of Nadal's conditions.
Carlos Moya on Rafa Nadal
"Rafael Nadal is willing to still keep evolving and being competitive, so as long as that happens and his body holds up well he will be ready," Moya said.
"He will be ready for next year, he is motivated, he has proved he can still play well and be a contender to win big tournaments. He’s won two Slams, when you win two Slams in a year it’s always a good year, no matter what happens after that.
He has been a bit unlucky with injuries, two bad injuries during the year, but he’s a great competitor and fighter, and we don’t give up and we still believe there is a chance to play well here," he stated. Rafael Nadal crashed to a second successive defeat at the 2022 ATP Finals on Tuesday, losing 3-6, 4-6 to Felix Auger-Aliassime.
"It's the main thing, no? Yeah, have been six tough months in all ways. Just accept that. When you are facing all the circumstances that I faced the last six months, be here is positive. That's the main thing," he said. "Experience what's going on today - 'today' I mean the last couple of weeks on the court - is not a big surprise. That not mean that I am not sad about the results. It's something that can happen, no?" he added.