After 16 consecutive seasons with the ATP Finals ticket, Rafael Nadal failed to do so in 2021. The Spaniard skipped the second half of the year, not accumulating enough points to at least qualify for Torino and extend his incredible streak.
Nadal has been a player to beat in 2022 and has secured his 17th place finish in the ATP Finals as the first player to do so this year! Rafa is the second player with 17 spots in the ATP Finals after Roger Federer, leaving Jimmy Connors at 16.
Nadal has won two major titles and two other titles in 2022. He leads the ATP race at 36 and hopes to claim the ATP throne after the US Open for the first time since February 2020! After a bumpy end to 2021, Nadal started over and claimed a minor ATP 250 title in Melbourne.
The Spaniard wasn’t playing at his best but it was a nice boost ahead of the Australian Open. Rafa overcame a few challenging obstacles to find himself in his sixth Australian Open final.
Rafael Nadal will compete in Turin this November.
The fifth loss in a row was almost inevitable as Daniil Medvedev opened up a 6-2, 7-6, 3-2, 40-0 lead.
Nadal didn’t lose his fighting spirit, playing at a high level from that moment and prevailing after almost five and a half hours to lift his first Major crown in Melbourne since 2009! It was Nadal’s 21st Major crown, moving ahead of Roger Federer and topping the charts for the first time in his career.
Nadal extended his streak in Acapulco, beating Daniil Medvedev and Cameron Norrie for a third straight title and a massive lead in the ATP race. Rafa reached the fourth straight final in Indian Wells and faced Taylor Fritz in the title fight.
The Spaniard played it with a broken rib and suffered his first loss of the season. Nadal stayed off the pitch for over a month, skipping Monte Carlo and Barcelona and struggling physically in Madrid and Rome. After two poor results, Rafa threw it all at his beloved Roland Garros, aiming for the 14th crown in the French capital.
The Spaniard defeated Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals and passed the rigorous Alexander Zverev test in the semifinals when the German retired through injury. Casper Ruud stood no chance in his first Major final and Nadal took the 22nd Major crown to make his incredible season even better.
Nadal was chasing his third straight Major title at Wimbledon, advancing to the semifinals after an epic battle against Taylor Fritz. The Spaniard advanced to the last four despite a nasty stomach injury that prevented him from facing Nick Kyrgios.
Rafa took a few weeks off and returned to Cincinnati. He lost to Borna Coric in the second round and was hoping for a better run at the US Open. World No. 3 has two wins in New York and accumulated enough points to qualify for the ATP Finals for the 17th time and as one of the oldest players.