Rafael Nadal won two Grand Slams in 2022, the Australian Open and Roland Garros, stretching over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time ranking. The Spanish phenomenon has won the first 20 games played this year and has proved once again that he is a living legend.

For a moment, the 36-year-old from Manacor even cherished his dream of making the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’ Thanks to the help of Dr. Cotorro, the Majorcan managed to alleviate the pain in his foot and to present himself at Wimbledon in decent shape.

An abdominal tear remedied in the quarterfinals prevented him from playing the semifinal against Nick Kyrgios and affected him for the next two months. The former world number 1 arrived at the US Open in precarious conditions, leaving the stage already in the second round at the hands of a wild Frances Tiafoe.

According to the latest rumors, Rafa should only play the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy and the ATP Finals in this last part of the season. In a recent interview with MARCA, Toni Nadal analyzed the 2022 of her nephew.

Uncle Toni on Rafa’s season
Making a first assessment of the 2022 season of his nephew Rafael Nadal, although the latter must still participate in two tournaments by the end of the season (Paris-Bercy and the Masters), Toni Nadal estimated in an interview granted to Marca that the year had been complicated despite the two Grand Slam titles won by the Mallorcan.

“I spoke to him today (Tuesday) and he is fine now. It is true that he had a complicated year. This season could have been extraordinary, but it was marred by the constant problems he faced. The results were good as he won Australia and Roland Garros, but you leave with a bitter taste in your mouth.

At Wimbledon he was unable to play a semi-final despite playing well and being an obvious title contender, he also had problems in New York. What an athlete wants above all is to be well and play well, and also to win. My nephew won, but he had more problems than you can bear sometimes.”

In a newly released ATP video on social media, many players chose Rafael Nadal as the player they’d want to be for a week. Sebastian Korda said that he admired the Spaniard’s ability to dissect his opponent’s game and make him “feel terrible.”

“Nadal. He knows how to dissect a player’s game and kind of just make him feel terrible on the court,” Korda said.

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