'Rafael Nadal’s Only Had One Match Since...', Says Former Ace

‘Rafael Nadal has only played one match since…’, says former ace


Rafael Nadal looked close to retirement a few months ago, thanks to persistent foot pain that had limited him even last season. The former world number 1 has shown an incredible resistance to pain, managing to win the Australian Open and Roland Garros against all odds.

Thanks to the help of Dr. Cotorro, the Spanish phenomenon also tried to win Wimbledon, but a torn abdominal muscle prevented him from playing the semi-final against Nick Kyrgios. The 22-time Grand Slam champion returned to action in Cincinnati last week, exiting the scene as early as the second round at the hands of Borna Coric.

The 36-year-old from Manacor knows that he is still far from being in top form, but he is training hard to be ready for the US Open. In the probable absence of Novak Djokovic, the Iberian will have a great opportunity to win his fifth title in New York and reach 23 Majors.

In a long interview granted to the ‘New York Post’, Andy Roddick analyzed Rafa’s prospects in detail.

Roddick opens up about Nadal

«Well, it’s hard to give a prediction on the final when we don’t even have a tie,» Roddick said.

«I think Daniil Medvedev has the safest money in the tournament at the moment, obviously after last year, and he has shown that he likes the courts. The big question mark is Rafael Nadal’s health. He has only had one match since who dropped out of Wimbledon.

Previous tournaments have had some surprising winners, a guy who was ranked 150th in the world (Borns Coric) just won Cincinnati. For the first time in a long time, I think there are more questions than answers,» Roddick added.

Tennis is largely counted as one of the most physically demanding sports. Describing it in more detail, Nadal, in his memoir, said: «Tennis is an intermittent game, requiring the body to maintain intermittent explosiveness, running and stopping, over a long period of time.»

Recalling Forcades’ words, the 22-time Grand Slam champion said: “Forcades says that a tennis player should take his cue from the hummingbird, the only animal that combines infinite stamina with high speed, capable of handling up to eighty wing beats per second. over a period of four hours.

Nadal stands today as one of the fittest athletes in tennis. Even at 36 years old, the former World No. 1 stands out in front of the young generation. Having won two majors this season, Nadal is currently in New York seeking a record 23rd Grand Slam of his remarkable career.

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