Rafael Nadal acknowledged that predicting a World Cup winner is always «very difficult» as there are so many great nations capable of winning it all. The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place in Qatar, from November 20 to December 18.
Nadal, known as a great football fan, named Spain among the favorites but added that there is always room for an upset in such strong competition. «It’s difficult. The World Cup is a very difficult competition to predict.
I would say that the favorites are Brazil, Argentina, France, Germany, Portugal and Spain. There are many games but these are the favorites although there are always chances of surprise”, Nadal told the Brazilian outlet ge.globo.
Nadal on the success of Real Madrid
While Nadal was in Paris for the French Open, he also watched his favorite club Real Madrid beat Liverpool in the Champions League final. Real Madrid also won the Spanish LaLiga last season.
«I’m happy because Madrid won the League and the Champions League. We are a young and exciting team. We have Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo, who are having an incredible season, and there is also Eder Militao. I am very happy with the Brazilians in the team,» Nadal said.
During the same interview, Nadal admitted that Novak Djokovic is his biggest rival. Nadal owns a record 22 Grand Slams, while Djokovic is second with 21 Majors in his collection. This year, Nadal and Djokovic have met only once.
En route to winning the French Open, Nadal defeated Djokovic in the quarterfinals. “My biggest rival is Novak Djokovic. After all, he is the closest to the number of Grand Slams, with 21. And for all the times we face each other, for our history.
Of all the active players, my most dangerous opponent, without a doubt, is Novak,» Nadal said. Meanwhile, Nadal prepares to compete in the ATP Finals. Nadal and Djokovic were not placed in the same group as they could. They will only face each other in the semi-final or final stage.