Interviewed by El Larguero, Alex Corretja analyzed in detail Rafael Nadal's prospects for 2023, a season that began with many disappointments and physical problems for the Spanish champion. Corretja explained: "Rafael Nadal's goal is to prepare well for tournaments on clay.
I don't think he will take any risks to play the Masters 1000 on hard courts. The last few months have been difficult for him, but we will never forget what he managed to do last year. The victory in Australia was miraculous, not forgetting the triumph in Paris while lame.
This is the key year for the continuation of his career. If he realizes that his body is struggling too much to sustain the pace required by a Grand Slam, then he will seriously think about his future. Rafa always pushes his body to the limit and needs his body to be 100%.
The hip is a rather sensitive area, it is normal that he was very frustrated." After reaching the semi-final at Wimbledon last year, we no longer admired the best version of Nadal.
Rafael Nadal: 2023 between ambitions and disappointments
Rafael Nadal's 2023 started in the worst way.
Not only did the Spaniard bow out in the second round of the Australian Open, but he also suffered a second-degree injury to his iliopsoas during his match against McDonald. The former world number 1 will have to stay away from the fields for about two months, another blow after the countless difficulties of recent times.
The 36-year-old from Manacor will drop out of the Top 5 at the end of the AOs and will have to work hard to get back in shape. The 22-time Grand Slam champion will certainly miss the ATP 500 in Dubai, while his presence in Indian Wells and Miami remains uncertain.
According to the latest rumors, Rafa will hardly put his body at risk to compete in the American Masters 1000. It is more probable that the Iberian will take all the necessary time and return directly to the red clay of Monte Carlo. The Majorcan wants to get as close as possible to his great goal of the season, the Roland Garros.