It cannot be said that Rafael Nadal's season did not start uphill. First the vicissitudes of the Australian quarantine and the controversies for his little active participation in the debate, then the injury that partly conditioned him during the first slam of the year and finally the uncertainties always linked to the physical problem that risk lengthening the time preparation in view of the campaign on clay.
Yet the time for evaluations is very tight and the first appointments on red are looming. It has to be said that this is not the first time Rafa has been on European clay after only participating in Melbourne, however it is also true that this is an anomalous season, so it is difficult to make comparisons.
Moreover, the age of the twenty-time slam champion has become a more important and delicate factor than in other years. But what are the plans of the Manacor tennis player? Let's go in order: so far Nadal has not hinted at downsizing or changes in his program, which in theory would lead him to play all the tournaments, namely Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and, to top it off, Paris, nevertheless difficulties of the last few weeks could perhaps postpone his return, for example.
Another factor that could weigh on the Mallorcan's ratings are also the results achieved in 2019, which from this month, due to the thawing of the ranking, return to weigh on the ranking of athletes. US Open finalist Greg Rusedski recently spoke to sports website iNews about how the homogenization of surfaces over the last few years has helped Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer maintain their advantage over the younger players.
Rusedski talks about the Big 3 era
Greg Rusedski claimed that every tournament playing at roughly the same speed meant that Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer don't need to make too many adjustments to their game.
"It’s medium, medium-slow [everywhere]," Rusedski added. "And this has given the Big 3 a huge advantage because every tournament they go to, there aren’t big adjustments needed." The former World No.
4 then referred to Aslan Karatsev's triumph on the quick courts of Dubai last week, suggesting that a change in conditions would lead to more variety among top-rung players. "Look at Dubai last week, you had Aslan Karatsev who won," Rusedski said.
"There were a lot of upsets throughout the draw because you had a quick tour and quick balls. So [we need] more variety."