Rafael Nadal has enjoyed a mix of brilliant results and a string of setbacks in 2022. The 36-year-old sits second on the ATP career list behind Carlos Alcaraz, has won two major titles and surpassed Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Nadal made an incredible comeback at the start of the season after missing the second part of the previous ones, claiming his first Australian Open crown in 13 years and stringing 20 straight wins. Rafa broke a rib at Indian Wells and had to skip Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
The Spaniard didn’t play well in Madrid and Rome and more problems awaited him ahead of Roland Garros. With foot pain, Rafa needed injections to get through the best-of-five performance in Paris, winning seven games and securing his 22nd Major crown.
Expecting more at Wimbledon, Nadal suffered a nasty abdominal injury, sustained a seven-millimeter tear and still won five games. Rafa withdrew ahead of the semi-final match after an epic clash against Taylor Fritz in the quarter-finals to return home and hope to recover ahead of the US Open.
There was no time for that in the end and Nadal lost to Frances Tiafoe in the fourth round. Missing an opportunity to become world No. 1 again, Rafa returned to Mallorca to spend time with his wife as they are expecting their first child in the coming weeks.
Nadal flew to London and competed alongside Roger Federer in the Laver Cup on Friday, returning home the next day and not planning to compete in the next two weeks. Rafa wants to put things right before competing again, eager to welcome his first child and putting an abdominal injury behind him.
Nadal is not ready to retire from tennis
After a memorable night in London, 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal spoke candidly about his feelings and how he views his potential retirement. “Obviously on the track and a bit that with that celebratory tone.
I do not know. I’m not at that point yet. I’ve been close this year, I won’t lie to you. During Roland Garros I thought it could be my last tournament,” Nadal told Spanish media outlet AS. “If you think about this moment [of retirement] there is something that doesn’t work anymore in your day to day life and what I wish for today what I want is to be able to regain some normality over the next month, that everything ends, the issue personally, that everything goes well, what’s in the priority at the moment,” he said.