Rafael Nadal: 'I will always keep in my heart that...'

Rafa has been dominating the tour and has raised the bar in the men’s game

by Simone Brugnoli
Rafael Nadal: 'I will always keep in my heart that...'

Despite the great season, Rafael Nadal also regrets some physical problems at the end of the season, a situation that would have allowed him to finish at the top of the world ranking. Rafael Nadal's numbers throughout his career are extraordinary, obviously his numbers on clay are impressive but Rafa has done well almost everywhere.

Rafael Nadal is the only tennis player in history to have won 22 Grand Slam titles, won the Davis Cup and won the Olympic Games. The ATP Finals are the one thing he truly regrets and the one thing Nadal has never won. Rafael Nadal had a great year, at the beginning of the season many doubted his physical condition and he denied it with one of the best comebacks in history.

In the final in Australia he beat Daniil Medvedev after a great comeback and led him to make history. An extraordinary year that also saw him win in Paris, ahead of Casper Ruud in the final and especially after the great rematch, the victory over his great rival Novak Djokovic during the tournament.

Spectacular numbers and an extraordinary year that, at a certain point in the season, even made one think of the Grand Slam. Physical problems prevented it and Rafa finished the season in the worst way. Rafael Nadal finished the season in the world Top 2, almost ending with the final regret of not having surpassed Carlos Alcaraz, ending the season at the top of the Ranking.

This result, however, was a great record for the Spanish champion, the possibility of once again beating his eternal rival Roger Federer. Rafa became the oldest tennis player in history to finish a season in the Top 2 of the ATP ranking, thus breaking Roger Federer's record.

Rafa Nadal is a legend

At the end of the first stage of his South American tour of exhibition matches in Argentina, Rafael Nadal, at the stadium microphone following his two matches in singles and doubles, paid a fine tribute to the Argentinian public, still as h*t and faithful.

"It's a unique feeling to play here. Maybe I wasn't there as many times as I would have liked. But I will always keep in my heart that after 2005 when I first played, my career really started to take off. Having the opportunity to play with Casper, who is a great player, world number 3, a good friend and an excellent person, and also to play with Gisela and Gaby, two references in Argentine and Latin tennis for the past 20 years, pleasure. Argentinians are some of the best fans, if not the best in the world, and they know the sport very well."

Rafael Nadal