'Let's hope Rafael Nadal is healthy for...', says top journalist
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 3759
Rafael Nadal is not in the best of positions to continue increasing his record within the Grrand Slams. Beyond the famous NextGen and still having a superlative Novak Djokovic on the tour, constant injuries have affected the still top tournament winner in this category more than necessary.
If anyone knows him well, both on and off the track, that is precisely his uncle Toni Nadal, although at the moment he ruled out how he sees Rafa for the future, of course, in the physical section. “You never really know how things are going to go.
It is true that Rafael has a very punished body, but it is also true that he has been on the professional circuit since he was 16 years old and that is something you pay for. There are many years hitting the ball and moving at high intensity.
When you have that, it is easy for the body to fail here today and there tomorrow. I am confident that he can lift the Roland Garros trophy this year, and then we will see, ”commented the renowned Spanish coach in an interview with Vanity Fair.
"I understand hardness and demand as a means to achieve goals, if one has lofty purposes. There is no other choice. We live in a highly competitive world. How do you differentiate yourself then from others in the world of tennis? I will I hit the ball as hard as possible, I run as fast as possible, I concentrate at the highest level, but how do I train it? If I don't train that at a maximum level of demand, it's very difficult for me to do it very well," he added.
the now coach of Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime. The results are in sight, with Uncle Toni still hoping for at least one more feat from his nephew. Do you think Rafael Nadal can still win another edition of Roland Garros?
Rafa Nadal does not give up
Steve Flink hailed Rafael Nadal's ability to bounce back from all of his previous injuries but expressed doubt about him doing the same this year.
"So many complicated injuries and the abdominal thing this past year and the foot, and the knees don't act up anymore. There seems to always be something new cropping up and he's so injury prone and so gutsy at coming back from these injuries.
But I wonder if this time he'll be able to, because you think about last year with Nadal, how he left Rome, beaten by (Denis) Shapovalov," Flink said. "It looked like he could barely walk on the court, he had to get injections before every match at Roland Garros and commendably, he came through to take that title.
But is he gonna be able to do something similar to that again? Can he replicate something as remarkable as that? We don't know. Let's hope he is healthy for the clay court season," he added.