Arrese: "I think Rafael Nadal still has 2-3 years an excellent level"

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Arrese: "I think Rafael Nadal still has 2-3 years an excellent level"

2021 was certainly not the best year of his career for Rafael Nadal. The Spanish champion has long been plagued by injuries, first to the back and then to the foot. The former world number 1 was able to play the misery of seven official tournaments this season, putting two titles on the board respectively in Barcelona and at the Foro Italico in Rome.

The great goal of the 35-year-old Mallorcan was obviously Roland Garros, where he hoped to seize his 14th title to hoist himself to 21 Majors. The journey of the 20-time Grand Slam champion was interrupted in the semifinals by Novak Djokovic, who was then able to win the tournament by recovering Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.

Foot pain forced Rafa to miss both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics in hopes of returning to 100% for the hard court season. Nadal made his come back to Washington, but his first experience in the US capital lasted just a couple of matches.

Arrese: "I think Rafael Nadal still has 2-3 years an excellent level"

After being eliminated by Lloyd Harris and giving up the American Masters 1000, the Manacor veteran decided to close his 2021 prematurely. Recently, the Iberian wanted to update his fans by announcing that he had undergone a foot treatment.

In a long interview granted to AS, former Olympic silver medalist Jordi Arrese reflected on the current conditions of his illustrious coutryman. Arrese said: "What Rafael Nadal has achieved in the course of his career is something unrepeatable.

I doubt it will be overtaken any time soon. If Rafa is back in good shape, then I am convinced that he still has two or three years left at an excellent level. We are talking about an absolute champion who has written memorable pages of tennis history, as well as having a mental strength that has very few equals."

The hope is to see Nadal again at the Australian Open 2022, a tournament that didn't bring him much luck during his career.