Rafael Nadal has not played an official match since last August, when he surrendered to Lloyd Harris in Washington. The foot injury affected the Spanish veteran’s 2021, who was limited to just seven official tournaments. Despite having posted a couple of trophies on his beloved clay court, the Majorcan was unable to grab his 14th career Roland Garros. His race stopped in the semifinals against Novak Djokovic, who would later take the title. The former world number 1 had to miss Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open due to relentless pain in his foot. The 35-year-old from Manacor played the Abu Dhabi exhibition a decade ago, recovering a couple of losses against Andy Murray and Denis Shapovalov. Upon returning to Spain, the 20-time Grand Slam champion discovered he had contracted the Coronavirus. The next few days will be decisive to understand whether or not Rafa will participate in the Australian Open 2022. Interviewed by Sky Sports, David Ferrer invited fans and professionals not to underestimate a legend like Nadal.
Ferrer opens up on Nadal
Speaking to Sky Sports, David Ferrer gave his thoughts on Novak Djokovic’s quest to win his 21st Grand Slam. Although impressed by the Serb’s performance in 2021, Ferrer thinks his countryman Rafael Nadal has a good chance in Melbourne. “At the moment, Djokovic is playing well and he is healthy,” Ferrer said. “But I also think Rafael Nadal has a chance to win the Australian Open, for sure.” The Spaniard also discussed Roger Federer’s situation going into the 2022 season. “The problem for Roger Federer is that he won’t play Australia,” Ferrer said. “And there are serious doubts about whether he will play at Wimbledon.” The Swiss Maestro is considered by many to be the greatest player of all time. In fact, many consider his movements on the court and the ease with which he plays, to be the reason that he has always been such a joy to watch. Federer’s biography, titled ‘The Long Run and Beautiful Game of Roger Federer’, covers his movements at length. Clarey described how Federer tends to look at the contact point on the ball while hitting. In fact, his eyes stay on the point for a lot longer than anybody else he ever saw in his lifetime. “That ability to finish, truly finish, the stroke,” per Clarey, is what makes Roger Federer so magnetic to watch. In fact, King even explained why and how Federer’s shots were so elegant. “His kinetic chain stays very connected. That’s where the elegance comes from,” she explained.