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 great chance to stretch in the all-time Grand Slam ranking, since it is unlikely that Novak Djokovic will be able to travel to the USA (not being vaccinated against Coronavirus). In a video posted on Instagram, Patrick Mouratoglou compared the response skills of Rafa Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz. With this opportunity, Nadal would like to move further forward in the race and claim his 23rd Grand Slam title.
Mouratoglou reflects on Nadal
“Rafael Nadal has some of the best return stats to tour. He has won more return games than anyone else, and holds the highest percentage at 33.5%,” Mouratoglou said, adding, “But one player is topping Rafa on return stats this season, Carlos Alcaraz. Did you know that the Spaniard wins 51.8% of his return games when he wins the first point of the game? To put this in perspective, the tour’s average on this data is 38.4%. Alcaraz also leads in return games won after the first two points with 77.8%, which is 5% more than Rafa. The tour average is 59.4%,” Mouratoglou stated. After missing out on a chance of having a calendar, Grand Slam, the 36-year-old will hope to win the last major title of the year. Nadal has been spending some time off the court to recover from the injury. However, there’s good news, as the 22-time Grand Slam champion has made his way back to the court now. Notably, three top players of the generation, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer, are in a constant race for most Grand Slam titles. They had 20 titles each at the end of the year 2020. However, Nadal went past the other two after claiming the first two Slams of the year.