Rafael Nadal is having a simply fabulous season. The former world No. 1 won two Majors in 2022, the Australian Open and Roland Garros, and lost just three games in the first seven months of the year. Despite struggling with foot pain, the Spanish phenomenon is still undefeated in the Grand Slams (19-0).
The 36-year-old from Manacor was on the hunt for his third Wimbledon title but was unable to play in the semifinals against Nick Kyrgios due to a torn abdomen. Rafa has already resumed intensive training and will compete in the Masters 1000 in Montreal next week.
His big goal is of course the US Open, a tournament he hasn’t played since 2019. Given Novak Djokovic’s likely absence, the Iberian has a strong chance to stretch further in the all-time Grand Slam rankings. The Mallorcan’s game has changed a lot over the years.
Nadal is playing less physical tennis than when he started his career, but that hasn’t affected his results. In an interview with ‘Punto de Break’, Guillermo Perez highlighted the development potential of the Big 3.
Perez reflects on Rafa Nadal
During an interaction with punto de break, Perez observed how good players like Rafael Nadal continued to develop their game but still maintained their consistency. “The good guys keep winning; the good guys don’t just stay, they improve because I would say Nadal is playing better tennis at the moment than before,” said Perez.
“Maybe he has fewer legs, less body, but he plays better tennis, that makes his game better.” In Nadal’s autobiography, Toni describes how his nephew was a well-mannered boy growing up. He said: “Respect for other people, for everyone, no matter who they are or what they do, is the starting point of everything.
What is unacceptable is that people who have had everything in life should be rude to other people. No, the higher you are, the greater your duty is to treat people with respect.” Speaking about what he would have done if Nadal had been a naughty boy, Toni said: “I would have hated my nephew, himself developing differently, having tantrums on the pitch, having been rude to his opponents all over the world on TV.
Or otherwise being rude to the referees or the fans. I always say, and so do his parents, that being a good person is more important than being a good player.”