'Rafael Nadal is so confident', says top coach

“Rafael Nadal is so confident,” says top coach

The first part of the season brought a lot of joy to Rafael Nadal. The Spanish champions have conquered the Australian Open and Roland Garros, reiterated they are a living legend and removed the specter of retirement. The former world No. 1 couldn’t keep the dream called ‘Calendar Grand Slam’ alive after she withdrew from Wimbledon ahead of the semi-finals.

A ruptured stomach prevented him from taking on Nick Kyrgios, but that doesn’t detract from his resounding 2022. The 36-year-old from Manacor has hoisted his way up the all-time rankings with 22 Slams, +1 over Novak Djokovic and +2 over Roger Federer.

The Iberian will look to stretch further at the US Open as Nole is unlikely to be able to fly to the United States at the end of August (without being vaccinated against the coronavirus). For his part, Rafa will compete in the Masters 1000 in Montreal next week.

Speaking to the Tennis Channel, Paul Annacone – former coach of Pete Sampras and Roger Federer – analyzed Nadal’s development.

Annacone opens Nadal

“And most importantly, Rafael Nadal is so confident,” said Annacone.

“If you look at these numbers: 25 times a hard-court title list. It gets tiring talking to people because they’re like, ‘He’s one dimensional, he was just so dominant on the sand.’ This guy can play anything.”

In addition to the tournaments, Nadal also had to manage his studies. The 22-time Grand Slam champion opened up about how he managed to do all of those activities at the same time. In his autobiography, Rafa: My Story, the former world No. 1 described how he managed his studies while playing tennis.

He said: “My mother put her energy and encouragement into areas where I was less strong, such as my school. For this reason, after shielding me from Barcelona when I turned fifteen, my parents decided that I should do what my father and Toni had done and go to a boarding school in Palma”.

He also added: “The Balearic Islands Sports School was tailored to my needs – regular schooling but lots of tennis built in – and was just an hour’s drive from home. But I was unhappy there. My parents – especially my mother – were worried that all this tennis would ruin my studies.

My concern was that the studies would kill my tennis. They ruined my chances to play at the Wimbledon Junior Tournament and also at Roland Garros.

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