In a video posted on Instagram, Patrick Mouratoglou compared the response skills of Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz.
Mouratogliu explained: “If you look at the numbers, Rafael Nadal has one of the best responses in the ATP Tour. He has had a lot of breaks this year and his percentage of games won in return is 33.5%. A player who is outperforming him in this one. Statistics is Carlos Alcaraz Did you know that in 2022 Murciano managed to win 51.8% of games in response when they won the first point? The tour average is around 38%, just to make you understand.
As if that weren’t enough, Carlos took 77.8% of the games in return when he took the first two points, doing slightly better than Nadal. The tour average is 59.4%. “
Patrick continued to praise Rafa: “Nadal was able to adapt his game to even the fastest surfaces. How was this possible? First, he became more and more aggressive over the years. Secondly, he improved a lot. the serve and the backhand in slices. “
Rafa’s season and hopes for the US swing
Rafael Nadal won two majors in 2022, pushing away the specter of retirement for the umpteenth time. Fresh from a 2021 affected by injuries, the Spanish phenomenon amazed everyone by winning the Australian Open and Roland Garros.
Thanks also to the help of Dr. Cotorro, the former world number 1 managed to lift his 22nd Grand Slam in Paris and reaffirmed that he is a living legend of the sport. The 36-year-old from Manacor also attempted to win Wimbledon, but had to forgo the semi-final against Nick Kyrgios due to an abdominal tear.
Rafa has already returned to training and will return to Montreal in just over a week. His goal is to reach 100% at the US Open, a tournament he has not played since 2019. The Iberian will have a good chance to stretch in the all-time Grand Slam ranking, given that Novak Djokovic will be unlikely to go to the USA, not being vaccinated. against the Coronavirus.