Rafael Nadal, 21 occasions winner of a main event, is making ready for his 18th Roland Garros. The second Grand Slam of the season kicks off subsequent week and Rafa is again on the apply court docket, doing his finest to get better from his foot harm and provides himself a probability in Paris.
Nadal has gained 13 of the earlier 17 Roland Garros titles, understanding solely three defeats in his beloved event and hoping to regain the title he misplaced to Novak Djokovic a yr in the past.
Rafa missed the second a part of the 2021 season resulting from a foot harm, which he suffered within the Roland Garros semi-final towards Novak and performed two extra video games on the finish of the season.
Like so many occasions earlier than, Nadal made a excellent comeback and picked up 20 wins within the first 20 encounters of 2022. Rafa clinched his twenty first Australian Open crown to make historical past and was undefeated till the Indian Wells closing.
Suffering from a rib harm, the Spaniard missed six weeks and skipped his favourite tournaments in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. The king of clay returned to motion in Madrid and Rome, and could not provide his finest tennis.
Rafa gained two video games in Madrid earlier than dropping in three units within the quarter-finals to teenager Carlos Alcaraz. Hoping for a higher run in Rome, Nadal overcame John Isner earlier than struggling a 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 loss to Denis Shapovalov in two hours and 37 minutes.
Rafa barely completed the match with out retiring, scuffling with a sore foot from the center of the second set and having no probability within the deciding set. With clouds hanging over his preparation for Roland Garros, Nadal returned to coaching on Monday and traveled to Paris on Wednesday together with his physician.
Rafa has been the dominant determine in Paris since his debut aged 18 in 2005, successful the title on his first go to and changing into the newest teenager to win a Major crown.
Rafa Nadal will play at Roland-Garros
Rafael Nadal is among the best athletes on the planet, and but not a lot is understood about his non-public life. During the interview, Rafael Nadal was requested a query that each skilled athlete has encountered at one time or one other: What would he have turn into if he hadn’t been a tennis participant? “I do not know, I’ve all the time cherished sports activities.
If I wasn’t a tennis participant, I would say [j’aurais été] one thing to do with it,” he replied.