After that tough defeat in the Roland Garros semi-final to Novak Djokovic in more than four hours, 20-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal decided to rest a bit and recharge before his next tournaments. The Spaniard didn't have enough time to recover for the grass season, he skipped Wimbledon for the first time since 2016 and opted to skip the Olympics as well and spend more time at home.
A few days ago, Rafa announced that he would be playing at the Citi Open in Washington for the first time, joining a strong group of players and hoping to shape his game before the last Major of the season in New York. A week later, Nadal will enter the Canadian Open for the fourteenth time, seeking the sixth title and the third in a row after conquering Toronto and Montreal in 2018 and 2019.
Nadal will attempt to claim his 37th Masters 1000 title and the second of the season after Rome, where he tied Novak Djokovic's record. At the moment, all of the top 35 players are on the auto-entered list, and we should see who will perform at the National Bank Open presented by Rogers in Toronto next month.
The Canadian Open was not held in 2020 due to the pandemic, and the last match of this event took place in August 2019 when Nadal defeated Daniil Medvedev in the final. The defending champion defeated the Russian 6-3, 6-0 in 70 minutes for his 10th Masters 1000 title on hard court.
Mark Woodford speaks about Rafael Nadal
As Novak Djokovic won his 20th Grand Slam title, equalling the record of fellow greats, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the ‘G.O.A.T’ debate was declared settled. But a new conversation was stirred up, courtesy of the former tennis great, Mark Woodford.
Speaking on the legacy and dominance of the ‘Big 3’, Mark believes there couldn’t be a better time to walk away from the sport, than on the back of astonishing records and titles to prove for it. Namely referring to the Spanish giant, he says, “I must’ve felt like that Rafael Nadal should’ve done that, after winning you know 13 Roland Garros”.
However, in the form of his life, Nadal had established complete dominance on the court, winning consecutive titles. “After winning you know, 13 Roland Garros..just.. you know..okay, I’m walking away undefeated, at Roland Garros”, said Mark.
With Wimbledon coming to an end now, all eyes turn to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Novak will represent the Serbian National team. The ‘G.O.A.T’ debate now takes a new turn, as speculation of retirement arises.