'Rafael Nadal's physicality is just brute force', says expert
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 6323
Frenchman Gilles Simon spoke on a Twitch channel about Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Simon spoke in a Twitch chat with his compatriot Gael Monfils, commenting on recent performances by Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Many have criticized the already habitual declarations of both in reference to physical problems of Nole and his team that had come to declare that the tennis player had won the tournament with important physical problems.
Simon was clear and stated the following: "I reached the third round and the round of 16 with major physical problems, in Australia I reached the third round and came out on crutches. I think that despite everything I had reached my level.
Rafa and Novak are Grand Slam champions and can win even if they are at 70%. They are so superior now that they can win despite the injuries." 2023 has so far been a very important year for the world of tennis. At the Australian Open we saw the return to Melbourne and the umpteenth victory of his career for Novak Djokovic.
The Serbian champion, at 35, has beaten everyone who has crossed his path. A clear confrontation also stood out in the final where Nole beat the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets, a match without history. Once again Nole has shown his excessive power and that is that the last 5 Grand Slams have always been won by Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal with the sole exception of the young Carlos Alcaraz at the 2022 US Open.
On this occasion, however, the Serbian tennis player was absent due to Covid restrictions while Rafa dealt with obvious physical problems. Years go by, but not much seems to change on the Tour and, without the now retired Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal dominate the most important tournaments and on all surfaces.
Rafael Nadal is still recovering from the injury
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are polar opposites as tennis players, but the two tennis legends have always had similar personalities, according to Mike Nakajima. "Roger and Rafa, they’re very similar personalities.
They are two of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet," Nakajima said. "But on the court, they were completely different. Roger plays like he is walking on a cloud, light on his feet. Rafa is the opposite; his physicality is just brute force," he stated.
Rafael Nadal is still recovering from the injury he suffered during the Australian Open and his withdrawal from the ATP 500 in Dubai has already been announced, a tournament where he was registered to play at the end of this month.