Guillermo Perez highlighted the ability of the Big 3, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to evolve.
He explained: “The Big 3 continued to win the most important titles even after they turned 30, it can’t be a coincidence. Not only did those three keep the same hunger for a decade and a half, but they continued to improve the their game. Rafael Nadal plays better than in the early years of his career. He maybe he has fewer legs and less explosiveness, but he is a much more complete player. “
During a promotional event, Nadal gave some advice to the younger ones: “If you want to become a professional or dedicate your life to something, you have to be willing to sacrifice yourself. My career has always been a priority, but that hasn’t stopped me from hanging out with my friends every now and then and having fun. I do the same things my peers do, but less frequently.”
Nadal is ready for the US season
Rafael Nadal is having a simply fabulous season. The former world number 1 won two majors in 2022, the Australian Open and Roland Garros, losing just three games in the first seven months of the year.
Although he has had to deal with foot pain, the Spanish phenomenon is still unbeaten in the Grand Slams (19-0). The 36-year-old from Manacor was on the hunt for his third Wimbledon title, but was unable to play the semi-final against Nick Kyrgios due to an abdominal tear.
Rafa has already resumed training intensely and will be at the start of the Masters 1000 in Montreal next week. His big goal is obviously the US Open, a tournament he hasn’t played since 2019. Given the probable absence of Novak Djokovic, the Iberian will have a great chance to stretch further in the all-time Grand Slam standings.
Over the years, the Majorcan’s game has changed significantly. Nadal plays less physical tennis than at the beginning of his career, but that hasn’t affected his results. Rafa will be the main favorite also at the US Open, especially if Novak Djokovic will skipp the whole US season.