At a press conference after his debut in New York, a reporter asked Rafael Nadal if you feel you are receiving special treatment from the referees. Rafa, with a somewhat surprised expression, was quick to respond by denying everything.
Kim Clijsters and Alex Corretja lined up on the side of the 22-time Slam champion. Kim said, «That was not a good question.» Corretja defended Nadal: «I would like to be Rafael Nadal even for a minute.
Although he is 36 years old, he has the same desire as a kid who has just entered the Tour. As for that reporter’s question, it was clear that Rafa himself was surprised. He did not expect to hear such a thing. I don’t like it when reporters come to you and say: Someone claims that…
Be honest all the way. The chair umpires have the clock and it’s their job to enforce the rules.» Having played very little last year, Rafa has a good chance of finishing the year at the top of the ATP rankings. Nadal fought harder than expected to improve. of Rinky Hijikata in the first round of the US Open 2022.
The former world number 1, who is still not at his best after his abdominal injury, had to come back from a set behind against an opponent who had nothing to lose. Even against Fabio Fognini Rafa fought for a set and a half. The Spaniard is on the hunt for his fifth title in New York, a tournament in which he has always shown great performances.
Novak Djokovic’s absence could be an added boost, as well as a great opportunity to stretch further up the Major League all-time rankings. After a 2021 full of difficulties, this season has given enormous satisfaction to the 36-year-old from Manacor.
Despite persistent foot pain, Rafa won the Australian Open and Roland Garros, climbing as many as 22 Grand Slams. The Iberian also tried to win Wimbledon, but an abdominal rupture prevented him from playing the semifinal against Nick Kyrgios.