2022 gave Rafael Nadal a lot of satisfaction. The Spanish champion won the Australian Open and Roland Garros, despite the pain in his foot having led him to think about retiring several times. Thanks to the help of Dr Cotorro, the 36-year-old from Manacor managed to find a solution and went to Wimbledon with ambitions for victory.
The Iberian reached the semi-final on the grass of Church Road, but a tear in his abs prevented him from taking the field against Nick Kyrgios. That problem also influenced his approach to the US Open, where he left the scene already in the second round at the hands of the home favorite Frances Tiafoe.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion then traveled to London to greet his long-time rival Roger Federer, with whom he played a last double at the Laver Cup. On Saturday 8 October, Nadal and his wife Xisca gave birth to their first.
son. In a recent interview, Stan Wawrinka spent beautiful words for Rafa.
Wawrinka praises Rafael Nadal
“I think what Rafael Nadal has done this year and all his career, like it’s amazing to watch as a tennis fan. You cannot take anything as a player, because he’s in [a] different league, always been and always will be,” Wawrinka said.
“It’s always amazing to watch him play, to watch him compete, and to watch him at the top of the game after so many years. I enjoy watching him. But as I say, as a player, you cannot take anything,” he added. German tennis player Mischa Zverev, in a recent exclusive Instagram live with Eurosport, opined that it would not be easy for Rafael Nadal to combine both tennis and parenthood.
“Life will change enormously – for the woman, but also for the father. You have to train for two or three hours every morning, after which it’s time for regeneration or fitness. Usually you warm up for half an hour, then you train for two hours, followed by an hour of regeneration.
I know that from me: If you have a child, you also say, ‘I’ll regenerate tomorrow and I need to warm up not me today.’ So three and a half hours of training in the morning becomes two or one and a half,” he explained.
“If you are as successful as Rafa, then you have the financial means to take so many people with you so that everyday life can run smoothly. That makes it easier. It’s different for players who are around 50th or 60th in the world rankings. You have your wife and the coach with you and suddenly the child too,” he added.