Rafael Nadal can be very satisfied with his 2022, even if physical problems have prevented him from achieving even better results. The Spanish phenomenon took off the whim of winning the Australian Open and Roland Garros this year, extending over Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the all-time Grand Slam standings.
The former world number 1 eased the pain in his foot thanks to Dr Cotorro and showed great tennis at Wimbledon too, but a tear in his abs prevented him from playing the semi-final against Nick Kyrgios. That injury turned out to be more serious than expected and affected his preparation for the US Open, where he was unable to go beyond the second round (beaten in four sets by host Frances Tiafoe).
The end of the season was very disappointing for Rafa, eliminated on his debut in Paris-Bercy and unable to get through the group stage at the ATP Finals in Turin. The 36-year-old from Manacor is currently on his South American tour, where he had the chance to play alongside a legend like Gabriela Sabatini.
Sabatini praises Rafa Nadal
"Unforgettable night, being next to Rafael Nadal was a dream, I have enormous admiration for him as an athlete and even more as a person. Having @CasperRuud98 face to face was something incredible and sharing all this with #GiselaDulko was wonderful." Sabatini also stressed that playing in front of her home crowd was "one of the most beautiful things" that she could experience and thanked everyone involved in making the event a success.
"Playing in front of my people is one of the most beautiful things I can experience, thank you for so much love always! Thanks to #SummaSports for accompanying me and taking care of me, to @fenix_latam for making this possible.
For many more moments like this @AA Tennis". In a recent interview with Puntobreak, Nadal has revealed that he may have found a solution to his chronic foot injury, which has changed his view of continuity at the highest level.
"The season has had several very different phases and was totally marked by my physical problems. Everything changed when we found an effective treatment for the foot, which has helped me a lot. That radically changed the perspective of my continuity in high-level tennis," Nadal said.
"It was a pity. They were two games that could be won, but they ended up losing. That's the sport. Some win and others lose, you go from euphoria to sadness in a very short time. It's disappointing to be eliminated from a competition like this, but we will carry on," said Rafael Nadal.