A former ace made a big prediction of Rafael Nadal's clay-swing

Emilio Sanchez Vicario says Nadal will be at 100% and at his best for the Roland Garros and the Paris Olympics

by Lorenzo Ciotti
A former ace made a big prediction of Rafael Nadal's clay-swing
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The consequences of the injury suffered at the Brisbane International forced Rafael Nadal to miss the entire start of the hard-court season, with the exception of The Netflix Slam Exhibition played in Las Vegas against his young countryman Carlos Alcaraz.

Nadal should return to compete at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters and, precisely for this reason, he is training hard on clay courts. However, Rafa himself explained how he is still not certain of the level he will be able to express.

The former world number 7 Emilio Sanchez Vicario talked about Nadal's come back, expressing his belief that Rafa will be 100% at his best at Roland Garros and the Olympics.

The former Spanish tennis player, in an interview with EFE, explained that he believes that the 22-time slam champion will still be able to express his best tennis on clay.

"I don't think he will leave us. I think he will play well. I think he is a little afraid because the operation bothers him. But if he starts competing on clay he will no longer be afraid because he will start competing and he will get back into shape. I believe that at Roland Garros and the Olympic Games he will be at 100%. As long as he doesn't have any other physical problems," he said.

Sanchez Vicario further added: "For me it's more of a battle with himself. Because when he went to Australia he played well. But he played a match in which he felt a little bad and was very worried. But on clay It will hurt a lot less."

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The injury at Brisbane International and the come back

Considering that the time for the clay court season is approaching, the former world number one should like to test his physical level in Monte Carlo, to best prepare for what could be his last Roland Garros.

After the long absence due to the operation he underwent, which kept him sidelined for the whole of 2023, the Majorcan tennis player opened his 2024 with two good performances against Dominic Thiem and Jason Kubler, before the painful defeat against Jordan Thompson.

In the match against the Australian Nadal he suffered a muscle injury which forced him to give up the Australian Open and the two American ATP Master 1000s.

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