Rafael Nadal has been amazing this season so far. Even though he didn't get off to a great start at the 2021 Australian Open as he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals, he has done well in the clay tournaments.
After being knocked out of the Monte Carlo Masters early, Rafa fought back and won his twelfth Barcelona Open title this year. Following this, he suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Alexander Zverev at the 2021 Mutua Madrid Open.
However, he made an incredible comeback at the 2021 Italian Open, crushed the German in the quarters and then defeated Novak Djokovic to seal the title. Rafa will surely start as the favorite at the 2021 French Open. He will be seeking his 14th title in Paris this year and looks extremely dangerous on the court after his recent career.
Corretja on Rafael Nadal's future
Roger Federer is 39 years of age, while Rafael Nadal will turn 35 this June. As such, it is evident that the Spaniard has more years of tennis left than Federer. Alex Corretja thinks the same, and in an interview on Tuesday he claimed that Roger Federer will be keen to sign off on a high given the little time he has left on tour.
Alex Corretja also asserted that he sees Rafael Nadal playing till the age of 37 at the very least. In that time, Corretja expects the 34-year-old to add even more titles to his Grand Slam tally. "Keep in mind that Rafael Nadal has at least two more years left and he will take advantage of them to try to add a Grand Slam," Corretja said.
"I see him qualified for it." Alex Corretja also gave his two cents on the rise of the Next Gen in men's tennis. "For me, we are closer to the relay because those below have already seen that they can," Corretja said.
"Although Novak has won in Australia, they are already beginning to realize that there are tournaments in which everything has been complicated and that was very difficult before. The average level has risen a lot and those of the Next Gen have more experience and are 10 years younger," Corretja said.
"Although they lose due to lack of experience, but not due to lack of physique or power, they are getting closer and closer." With the successful completion of the Italian Open, it is now time for the French Open 2021.
The Grand Slam will begin in two weeks after being delayed by a week from its original schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic situation in Paris. The draw will be out soon but in the meantime, the organizers have announced some good news for the fans.