Rafael Nadal stunned everyone in the first half of the season. The Spanish phenomenon, who had just returned from several months off, won the Australian Open and Roland Garros, reaffirming that he is an absolute legend of the sport.
The former world number 1 stretched over Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the all-time Grand Slam standings, as well as removing the specter of retirement. The 36-year-old from Manacor had to give up the Wimbledon semi-final due to an abdominal tear, but that doesn’t detract from his resounding 2022.
The Iberian veteran has already resumed training and will return to Canada next month. His big goal is the US Open, a tournament he hasn’t played since 2019. His eternal rival Djokovic will not be able to travel to the United States (not being vaccinated against the Coronavirus), unless unlikely last minute changes.
Shortly before Wimbledon, the 22-time Grand Slam champion confirmed that he will become a father. In a recent interview with Eurosport Spain, Carlos Moya wanted to reassure fans about Nadal’s future.
Carlos Moya reflects on Nadal
During his interview with Eurosport Spain, Rafael Nadal’s coach, Carlos Moya, swept aside all the subjects, in particular the exceptional 14th coronation at Roland-Garros, the possible calendar Grand Slam and also the Majorcan’s next paternity.
The Spanish coach will reassure many people with this statement. “In my time, hardly anyone traveled with their children, it is also true that people retired at the age of 30-32 to start a family. Now many people travel with their children.
I don’t think this question will be the one that will make him retire, on the contrary, it will be an additional motivation. He is very family friendly, he loves children, I’m sure at first he will miss him a lot when he has to go on a trip.”
In a recent interview with Talento a Bordo, the Spaniard spoke about the domination of the so-called ‘Big-3’ in the sport — namely himself, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. “In tennis there has always been generational change.
We have had great stars that have been replaced by others, it is normal. Perhaps in our case what has happened is that we have been many years, but I am convinced that those who arrive will stay and take over,” Nadal said.
“Mental strength is one of the important elements for competition. Everything can be trained and that mental strength is something I also worked with my uncle Toni since I was a child. Then, with the evolution of my career that work continued and the competition itself made it intensify and continue to evolve,” Nadal said.