‘I don’t know how Rafael Nadal…’, says top analyst

Rafael Nadal made his Wimbledon debut in 2003, scoring two wins and becoming one of the youngest players in the third round at 17 years old. Rafa missed Wimbledon in 2004 due to injury, and suffered early defeat a year later after his first Roland Garros crown. In 2006, Rafa appeared at the All England Club and reached the title clash, battling Roger Federer and losing in four sets. The 2007 final was a new chapter in the rivalry between Federer and Nadal, with the Swiss claiming a fifth successive title to equal Bjorn Borg’s record. A few weeks earlier, Nadal defeated Federer in the Roland Garros final and chased the “Channel Slam” in London. Despite giving his all, the Spaniard had to settle for runner-up for the second consecutive year. After three hours and 45 minutes, Federer prevailed 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 to write the record books and extend his winning streak at the All England Club. . Roger fended off seven of 11 break chances, prevailing in the closing stages of sets one and three and displaying his best tennis when it mattered most in the decider. Nadal had a slight advantage in the later exchanges, not enough to keep him safe in the final set despite early chances that could have put him ahead. Speaking of the match, Rafa described it as a crushing defeat, giving his best and yet coming up empty-handed in what could have been his last Wimbledon final. Rafa suffered a break on Roger’s third break chance in the second game of the match from a 40-0 lead and recovered it with a 1-3 lead. Returners only needed six points at the end of the set for a tie break.

Patrick McEnroe talks about Nadal

Earlier this month, Rafael Nadal won a record-extending 22nd Grand Slam title by winning theĀ French Open. Speaking onĀ Holding Court with Patrick McEnroe, the 55-year-old former American professional addressed these conspiracy theories. “So Nadal goes on to win,” McEnroe said. “I don’t know how he does it, he said he took some painkilling injections. I’m no doctor, I don’t know exactly what they are. People, you know, there are conspiracy theorists now coming out in the tennis world. There’s one conspiracy that Nadal is doping, he’s taking some sort of drug. Look, they test him all the time at the Majors and whatever they’re putting in his ankle, I tink it’s just a painkiller,” he added. “Again, I’m not a doctor, I don’t know exactly what it is, but if it was something that was against the rules he’d be caught.”