Rafael Nadal wrote yet another page in tennis history at the Australian Open 2022. The Spanish champion won for the second time in Melbourne Park, recovering two sets of Daniil Medvedev in the final. The former world number 1 arrived in Australia without great expectations, having recovered from a serious foot injury and having contracted the COVID-19 just before flying to Melbourne.
Thanks to this surprising victory, the Majorcan overtook Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time Grand Slam standings. The 35-year-old Iberian will try to reach 22 Majors already at the Roland Garros, waiting to understand whether or not Nole will be present in Paris.
Nadal will return to action in Acapulco next week, to then compete in the Indian Wells Masters 1000 (his presence in Miami has not been confirmed).
During a long interview with Diario De Cadiz, Benito Perez-Barbadillo admitted that Rafa has a better relationship with Federer than Djokovic.
The Swiss was one of the first to congratulate Nadal after his Australian Open triumph. Barbadillo said: "Rafael Nadal certainly gets along better with Roger Federer than with Novak Djokovic, but I don't know why. Rafa and Roger have a great relationship and are in regular contact via messages.
At the same time, I can assure you that Nole is a wonderful person. I hope that the events in Australia will not have excessive repercussions on his future." Barbadillo celebrated Nadal’s feat in Melbourne: "Rafa is an absolute tennis phenomenon from all points of view.
His greatest strength lies in his head, he has incredible intelligence when he plays. In that sector he has no rivals." We recall that Novak Djokovic should play at the Roland Garros 2022, but we don't know how could happen at Wimbledon.
Roger Federer should come back during the Summer but most likely after Wimbledon, despite the Swiss Maestro will try to be in London.