'I would never bet against Rafael Nadal,' Boris Becker admits

Boris Becker praised Rafael Nadal ahead of the Spaniard's return

by Jovica Ilic
'I would never bet against Rafael Nadal,' Boris Becker admits
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Rafael Nadal will return to action in the first week of 2024 in Brisbane, returning to the court after almost a year. Rafa left the hip injury behind, training hard and hoping to reach his A-game sometime in 2024. A six-time Major winner, Boris Becker, praised the Spaniard, admitting he would never bet against him.

Nadal has experienced the most extended break of his career, injuring his left hip at this year's Australian Open and missing the rest of the season. The 36-year-old will start all over in a couple of weeks, hoping to compete injury-free and reach a high level, as always in the previous two decades.

The veteran has many doubts, but the desire is there, wishing to chase the ATP titles and end his incredible career on his terms. Rafa will face many challenges right from the opening tournament, standing outside the top-600 for the first time since May 2002!

Nadal has dealt with many physical issues in the previous four years. However, he still won Major titles, standing alone at the top after a great run in the first half of 2022. Rafa conquered the Australian Open and Roland Garros before reaching the Wimbledon semi-final.

The Spaniard struggled with an abdominal injury, withdrawing and never recovering his game. Nadal has played only 13 matches since August 2022, losing form and confidence.

Boris Becker expects a lot from Rafael Nadal in 2024.

Rafa failed to make a fresh start in 2023, losing twice at the United Cup and entering the Australian Open with zero confidence.

Nadal made a winning start against Jack Draper, beating the Briton in four sets and arranging the clash against Mackenzie McDonald. The Spaniard did not play at his best, trailing before injuring his left hip in the second set's closing stages.

Rafa announced a Grade 2 iliopsoas and underwent arthroscopic surgery in June, ending the season and jeopardizing his career. After a proper rest, Nadal started practicing again, combining his training sessions with the gym and shaping up his body.

Feeling improvements on the court, Rafa decided to return to action at the beginning of 2024, entering Brisbane and extending his tennis journey. "I would never bet against Rafael Nadal on a tennis court. He is tremendously strong, winning many titles and gathering colossal experience.

Rafa is among the best players of all time. If he believes he can chase notable titles and play at a high level again, we must believe him. I'm 100% sure in that. I'm convinced Rafa will not travel to Australia with the highest expectations; his goals must be clay-court related, focusing on Roland Garros and the Olympic Games," Boris Becker said.

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