The tennis expert Catherine Whitaker was surprised by Rafael Nadal's performance in the Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic. The Spaniard lost in straight sets and the Serb looked totally dominant. Speaking on The Tennis Podcast, Whitaker said: “There were shots that would probably have been the winner either way because they were brilliant from Djokovic.
But he wasn’t even trying to run for them. I couldn’t see any evidence of any specific injury, I can’t believe there wasn’t something. His head was scrambled and he shot selection was bad. There were also occasions at the net."
Her co-host on the podcast, David Law added: "The last thing I expect us to be talking about was a sluggish Rafael Nadal. A few games in, most of us were thinking ‘is he fully fit?’ or ’is there something wrong?’ From his press conference, there was no suggestion that there is He looked slow by his standards."
Whitaker also commented on the 2019 Wimbledon favorites: "At this stage at five months out, Djokovic is the favourite, Federer is the second and Nadal is just behind. I’d put him as one of the leaders of the chasing pack.
Below them, there’s a crop and I would put him as one of the leaders of that crop providing that he’s fit and healthy. [Which is] Absolutely no way a given, he’s had more injuries than hot dinners. There are just bodies that hold together and bodies that don’t. Some people are just gifted in that sense and unfortunately, he’s not”.