For his first tournament of the season, Rafael Nadal won the Melbourne Summer Set before taking advantage of Novak Djokovic’s absence to clinch his 21st Major at the Australian Open, and in just as spectacular fashion.
But Rafa didn’t stop there as he won the Mexican Open trophy a few weeks later to lift his third straight title of the season.
He then crashed out in the Indian Wells final and took an injury break.
Nadal is on the list of players for the Madrid Open
Boris Becker believes that Rafael Nadal looked ‘invincible’ at the start of the 2022 season, so his rib injury came at the worst possible time.
“In fact, Nadal was considered invincible until he was injured in the semi-final against Alcaraz, in a match that lasted 3 hours,” commented Boris Becker.
During the conversation, Boris Becker acknowledged that Rafael Nadal was initially the big favorite for the 2022 edition of Roland Garros, but warned that things could change. “Until his injury he was considered the favorite at Roland Garros and now he has to recover and play his first matches on clay,” Becker said.
“And we still don’t know when he’ll be back. He will not play in Monte Carlo (Becker was speaking before the start of the Madrid Open, Editor’s note). He also canceled his participation in Barcelona, so he stays in Madrid. .
Paris is in three weeks. So the Spaniard is most likely healthy,” Becker added.
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