Rafael Nadal: 'I missed a lot of important events because of...'

“I missed a lot of important events because…”

Despite injuries and setbacks, Rafael Nadal was a player to beat in 2022. The Spaniard has won two major titles and will have a great chance to return to world No. 1 after the US Open. Rafa withdrew ahead of the Wimbledon semifinals with an abdominal injury and that’s his main concern ahead of the final Major of the season.

Rafa admitted he has to be very careful during training sessions and work on his serve while trying not to aggravate an injury. Nadal will play in New York for the first time in three years after winning the title in 2019 and skipping the next two editions.

Rafa arrived in New York after an early loss in Cincinnati, equaling him on the practice court and setting up the first-round clash against Rinky Hijikata. Nadal is 35-4 this year, starting the season with three consecutive titles and securing his 14th Roland Garros crown.

Rafa passed Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer after his 21st Major crown at the Australian Open, his first in Melbourne in 13 years! Rafa conquered Acapulco and reached the Indian Wells final. He played it with a broken rib and lost to Taylor Fritz in straight sets.

The Spaniard missed his favorite events in Monte Carlo and Barcelona and didn’t play at his best in Madrid and Rome. Hoping to improve his performance in Paris, Nadal outclassed Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev before defeating Casper Ruud in the title fight.

With a boost from him, Rafa targeted his first Wimbledon crown in 12 years.

Nadal is the second seed

Novak Djokovic’s absence from the 2022 US Open has been the talk of the town for the past few days, but Rafael Nadal feels that shouldn’t be the case.

“Well, in a way, if the rules don’t change, we know that Novak won’t play for a while, right? We’ve known that for months. From my personal point of view, it’s very sad news,” he said. “It’s always a shame when the best players in the world are unable to take part in a tournament due to injury or other reasons.”

The 36-year-old recalled missing more than a few tournaments due to injuries and pointed out that the world of tennis just went on anyway. “But on the other hand, I repeat what I’ve said many times: the sport is in some ways bigger than any player.

I have without a doubt missed many important events in my tennis career because of injuries,” Nadal said. “I wasn’t here last year. I wasn’t here two years ago. [But] the tournament continues. The world of tennis goes on.”

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