During an interview for the official website of the Madrid Masters 1000, Ons Jabeur praised Rafael Nadal as an exemplary man on and off the track. Ons said: “Rafael Nadal has always been a role model for me.
He has put up extraordinary numbers on this surface, whereas I would be content to win just one title here in Madrid. Rafa is a fantastic guy on and off the pitch, I hope he gets the chance to play for many more years.”
Speaking on Eurosport, Mats Wilander criticized Rafa’s line-up: “I was convinced that he was going to miss Indian Wells and Miami, especially after winning the Acapulco tournament.
He pushed his body over the edge. If she had given up Indian Wells, she would have had a full month to train on clay. It is not the first time that Nadal exaggerates.
He loves tennis and competition so much that he always wants to be on the court, especially in moments of high confidence.”
Rafael Nadal in Madrid
The Mutua Madrid Open will mark Rafael Nadal’s return to the ATP Tour.
The former World No. 1 had a brilliant start to the season by winning the Australian Open against all odds. Fresh off a lengthy injury break and arriving in Melbourne with low expectations, the Spanish phenom has pulled off one of the most unexpected feats of his entire career.
Triumphing in Australia for the second time, the 35-year-old from Manacor moved up to 21 Majors by overtaking Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time rankings.
The Iberian also became the fourth man in history to win all Grand Slams at least twice (along with Djokovic, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson). Rafa sustained a stress fracture to his rib during the Indian Wells semi-final against Carlos Alcaraz, so he will only have two tournaments at his disposal to find his form for Roland Garros.