'Rafael Nadal knows when it is smart to create...', says top analyst

“Rafael Nadal knows when it’s wise to create something…” says top analyst

Rafael Nadal stunned everyone in the first part of the season considering he had just returned from a long injury layoff. The Spanish champions have conquered the first two Majors of 2022, banished the specter of retirement and proved for the umpteenth time that they are a living legend.

The former world No. 1 also attempted the feat at Wimbledon, reaching the semifinals after struggling in the early rounds. Due to a stomach rupture in the quarterfinals against Taylor Fritz, Rafa couldn’t fight for a place in the final against Nick Kyrgios.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion has been back in training for a couple of weeks but still feels a bit of pain on serve. In order not to endanger the US Open, the 36-year-old from Manacor decided to skip the Masters 1000 in Montreal.

It’s still unclear if the Iberian will play the Cincinnati tournament or if he will make a direct return to Flushing Meadows later this month. In a long interview with ‘Tennis Magazin’, Mischa Zverev praised Nadal for his tactical acumen.

Mischa Zverev on Rafa Nadal

During a very nice interview with Tennis Magazin about Serve and Volley, a technique for which Mischa Zverev was a worthy exponent when he was still on the court, Alexander’s brother took the opportunity to talk about Rafael Nadal who never hesitates to use this weapon in crucial places.

“The players, especially Medvedev, are preparing for long rallies. This is the tactic of building the point from behind. Rafa constantly analyzes the game and knows when it’s wise to create moments of surprise. He often does something new or unexpected when he’s behind, such as when a breakpoint is against him.

After a very long game, advantage-deuce-advantage-deuce, he suddenly throws a serve and volley. He does it when you least expect it, in a stressful situation. If Rafa was playing serve and volley all the time, it wouldn’t work.”

Earlier, 22-time Grand Slam champion Nadal took to Twitter and gave an update regarding his recovery from the abdominal injury. He tweeted: “From the vacation days to my subsequent return to training, everything has gone well over the past few weeks.

Four days ago I also started training the service and yesterday, after the training, I had a little discomfort that was still there today.” After announcing sad news for the Canadian Open, he is now also for the US Open uncertain.

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