At the beginning of the season, few would have imagined that Rafael Nadal would be in second place in the ATP ranking. Yet the Majorcan champion also has regrets for some physical problems in the end of the season, a situation that would have allowed him to finish at the top of the world ranking.
Rafael Nadal's numbers over the course of his career are extraordinary, obviously his numbers on clay are impressive but Rafa has done well almost everywhere. Rafael Nadal is the only player in history to have achieved 22 Grand Slam title wins, won Davis Cup and won the Olympics.
The ATP Finals are the only real regret and the only thing that Nadal has never won. Rafael Nadal had a great year, at the beginning of the season many had doubts about his physical condition and he denied it with one of the greatest returns in history.
The final in Australia saw him triumph over Daniil Medvedev after a great comeback, and led him to make history. An extraordinary year that also saw him win in Paris, ahead of Casper Ruud in the final and especially after the great rematch, the victory over the great rival Novak Djokovic during the tournament.
Spectacular numbers and an extraordinary year that, at a certain point in the season, even made us think of the Grand Slam. Physical problems blocked this and Rafa finished the season in the worst way. Rafael Nadal finished the season in the World Top 2, almost ending with the final regret of not having overtaken Carlos Alcaraz, ending the season at the top of the Ranking.
This result, however, brought a great record to the Spanish champion, the possibility of overcoming once again his long-time rival Roger Federer. Rafa became the oldest tennis player in history to finish a season in the Top 2 in the ATP ranking, thus bypassing Roger Federer's record.
Roger Federer is a true legend
On the night of Roger Federer's emotional farewell at the Laver Cup, Jim Courier was handed the seemingly easy but highly challenging task of reading the room perfectly. "I was ready for it, I knew it was going to be significant.
I anticipated a lot of emotion from Roger, what I didn't anticipate was the emotion from everyone else on the court. I certainly expected the crowd to be emotional when Roger got emotional, because he is emotional. We've seen him cry when he wins, when he loses, he gives it, which is great," Jim Courier said.
"It was a real honor to be out there and Roger was and is amazing at those interviews. He set the standard for so many things, including on-court interviews, and he delivered," Courier said on the same.