Rafael Nadal: 'I Like Another Type Of Sport More'

«I like other types of sport more»


After injuries and setbacks, Rafael Nadal is still a happy camper as of the end of 2022. The Spanish legend clinched two major crowns this year, beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to all 22 tennis trophies alone.

most prominent. In addition, Rafa is the oldest player in the top two of the year since the start of the ATP ranking in 1973, taking that record from Roger Federer. Although he knows he can’t go on ten more years, Nadal is looking forward to playing at his best for a few more seasons and extending his already incredible legacy.

Rafa had a season to forget last year, struggling with a foot injury and playing just two matches following the Roland Garros loss to Novak Djokovic. Not knowing what to expect, Nadal headed to Australia this January, eager to check on him and hoping to play as many matches as possible.

As so many other times, the Spaniard stopped the clock and made the best start to the season of his career after winning the first 20 games. Nadal claimed three consecutive titles, including his first Australian Open crown since 2009, following an epic victory over Daniil Medvedev.

Rafa broke a rib in Indian Wells and lost the final to Taylor Fritz in straight sets. The king of clay skipped Monte Carlo and Barcelona and lost steam. He returned in Madrid and Rome and played well below his best level, with more foot problems against his dear Major.

Requiring injections before every match in Paris, Nadal extended his Roland Garros dominance, claiming the 14th trophy in 18 trips to the French capital. It was the last shining moment of Rafa’s season, which at the time was hard to believe.

Nadal on how the game has evolved

Rafael Nadal laments the lack of tactical flexibility in tennis despite being widely regarded as one of the best players in the sport. “Before, the points were prepared waiting for the correct ball to attack, not all the balls were attacked, the correct ball was expected.

Today there are no transition balls or point preparation. Every ball that is hit is with the aim of winning the period.» While reflecting that things have gone well for him, Nadal added that he likes other sports more than tennis because there are more tactical options available.

«It has gone well for me, nothing should be changed, but emotionally I like another type of sport more, which allows you to have more options and implement a tactic,» he said.

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