The second part of the season did not bring great joy to Rafael Nadal, at least at a competitive level. After winning the Australian Open and Roland Garros, the former world number 1 has again had to deal with physical problems.
An abdominal tear prevented him from playing in the Wimbledon semifinal against Nick Kyrgios, as well as influencing his approach to the US Open. The Spanish champion arrived in New York in precarious conditions, leaving the scene already in the second round against the local favorite Frances Tiafoe.
On Saturday, October 8, Rafa and his wife Xisca gave birth to their first child. The 36-year-old man from Manacor returned to the field at the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy, where he stopped in the second round against Tommy Paul.
It fared no better at the ATP Finals in Turin, as the Iberian was already eliminated in the group stage after losing to Fritz and Auger-Aliassime. The statement about Casper Ruud on the last day of the ‘Green Group’ was useless.
At a press conference during his tour of South America, the Spaniard also spoke about the World Cup.
Rafael Nadal is honest about Messi
“As a Real Madrid player I have suffered with Messi. Although as a sports lover I often enjoy watching him play.
He is a top player in history and he played almost his entire career in my country”, expressed Rafael Nadal. With the continued buzz about the FIFA World Cup, the Spaniard was asked, during the press meeting, who he considers favorites to lift the title.
“I still think that Argentina is a candidate to win the World Cup. There are teams with a tad of advantage over the others: Argentina, Spain, France, Portugal, Germany. But any selection will have options. It cannot be predicted.
As a Spaniard I trust us,» said the Mallorcan. Rafael Nadal is in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of his Latin American exhibition tour with world No. 3 Casper Ruud. «In the past there were Borg, McEnroe, Sampras, Lendl.
Today we are and there is no one more important than sport. Each year there will be four Grand Slam champions and multiple all-time champions. The next generation will continue to carve out their path with the titles. Time will spawn stars that are on their way,” he said, according to ESPN Tennis.
«Because of the contrast of styles, personalities and affinity, and for sharing so many beautiful things on and off the court, Roger Federer’s retirement was saying goodbye to an important part of my life,» he remarked.