22-time Major champion Rafael Nadal has had a great season despite injuries and setbacks. Rafa clinched two Major titles to overtake Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to top the GOAT charts. Also, the Spaniard is back in the top 2 for the first time since 2021, becoming the third-oldest player in this group.
Rafa has been struggling with an abdominal injury since Wimbledon, missing out on singles action after the US Open and hoping to compete again in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the Spaniard and his wife are expecting their first child, making their 2022 unforgettable.
Nadal will continue with tennis after the regular season, embracing the South American swing and visiting Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and Mexico! Nadal will perform with Casper Ruud at Plaza de Toros ‘La Mexico’ on December 1, visiting the Mexican capital for the first time and hoping for a show.
Rafa knows how to win titles in Mexico, winning the Acapulco Trophy four times between 2005 and 2022!
Rafael Nadal plays in Mexico City on December 1st.
Nadal returned to Acapulco this February, toppling Daniil Medvedev and Cameron Norrie en route to the fourth crown in Mexico.
Spectators at the Plaza de Toros ‘La Mexico’ will have the opportunity to see Rafa in action against his good friend Casper Ruud. They currently sit 2nd and 3rd behind Carlos Alcaraz and are the only multiple Major finalists in 2022.
Rafa and Casper met in the Roland Garros final and the Spaniard delivered a 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 triumph in two hours and 18 minutes for his 22nd Major. Nadal broke Ruud eight times and won the last 11 games of the encounter to seal the deal in style.
Firing 37 winners and 18 unforced errors, Rafa pushed the rival’s backhand to the limit in one of his most one-sided Roland Garros finals. They stayed head-to-head in the shortest range up to four shots. However, Nadal forged the win in the more advanced exchanges.
The Spaniard particularly impressed in rallies with five or six shots, extended a 24:6 lead and marched across the finish line with a bagel in the third set. They traded early breaks in the opener and Nadal grabbed another at 2-1 to forge the lead.
Both served well in the remaining games, with Rafa closing the set with a service winner at 5-3. Ruud broke in the fourth game of set number two after Nadal’s errors on serve to take a 3-1 lead. Shifting into higher gear, Rafa rattled off 11 straight games to topple the young rival and race towards the finish line.
The Spaniard produced a bagel in the decider and went 5-0 down the line with a backhand for his 14th Roland Garros and 22nd Major.