A few days ago, Rafael Nadal announced that he will not be at the start of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics next month. The former world number 1 has in fact decided to take a break after the hard work on clay, this time not embellished by yet another triumph at Roland Garros.
The Spanish phenomenon was forced to surrender by Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, showing clear signs of a physical decline in the crucial moment of the challenge. The 35-year-old from Manacor has scored 22 games on his favorite surface, winning two trophies (Barcelona and Rome), but has not given the usual feeling of unbeaten in these two months.
Rafa explained that his goal is to further extend his career by adopting a program that is increasingly similar to that of eternal rival Roger Federer. Nadal is expected to return for the start of the North American swing, and then storm the US Open.
In a recent interview granted to MARCA, former Swedish champion Mats Wilander did not hide a certain disappointment over the choice of the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
Nadal played 22 matches in two months during the clay-court season
“I can understand that the Games pose a physical risk, especially since the US Open is coming later.
But I am disappointed that Rafael Nadal does not play at Wimbledon” Mats Wilander pointed out that since French Open and Wimbledon were just two weeks apart, it might have been insufficient for Rafa to recover. It is to be noted that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Roland Garros was postponed by one week and hence that saw Wimbledon 2021 being just two weeks from French Open.
“I suppose he will have a good reason for having been erased because, otherwise, he would not have done it. It is clear that the scarce two weeks between Roland Garros and Wimbledon have not helped if you consider Nadal’s style of play,” Mats Wilander said.
“I think he has played too much on clay, although it is what he usually does. I would have liked to see the ‘Big Three ‘back fighting to continue making history “. Since Rafael Nadal's best year is so different under the various parameters, deviations naturally arise for his best two-year periods as well.
But if we look past the one-year and two-year periods, the next difference between point-wise scores and index-wise scores is observed as late as in the 12-year period. The Spaniard scored more points from 2006-2017 but has a greater index score from 2008-2019.