During an interview with Eurosport, Mats Wilander hinted that Rafael Nadal may have miscalculated. Mats said: “I was convinced that Rafael Nadal would miss Indian Wells and Miami, especially after winning the Acapulco tournament.
It is possible that he pushed his body over the edge. If she had given up Indian Wells, she would have had a full month to train on his favorite surface. It is not the first time that Rafa exaggerates.
She loves tennis and competition so much that she always wants to be on the court, especially in moments of high confidence. He pushes the limits of himself, gets injured, gets back in shape and comes back in style.
So we can summarize Nadal’s career. We are talking about the best clay court player of all time. Thinking about it, it’s amazing that he won so much despite long injury layoffs.”
Rafa will be one of the protagonists of the Mutua Madrid Open, which will take place in the evocative setting of the Caja Mágica.
Rafael Nadal will be in Madrid
The clay-court season began without Rafael Nadal, who suffered a stress fracture to his ribs in the Indian Wells semi-final against Carlos Alcaraz.
The Spanish champion started the season in excellent form, literally breaking the house at the Australian Open. Fresh off a lengthy injury break and arriving in Melbourne with low expectations, the former world number 1 has pulled off one of the most incredible feats of his entire career.
After defeating Denis Shapovalov and Matteo Berrettini, Rafa managed to come back from two sets against Daniil Medvedev in the final. With the victory, the 35-year-old from Manacor rose to 21 Majors, surpassing Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the historical classification.
The Iberian also became the fourth man in history to have won all the Grand Slams at least twice (along with Djokovic, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson). A few hours ago, Nadal announced that he will return to action in Madrid next week.