Rafael Nadal: ‘It was certainly one of the most decisive moments of my career’

Rafael Nadal has been given up on more than one occasion. The former world number 1 had played just seven official tournaments last year and hardly anyone imagined that he could return to vogue at the beginning of 2022. Fresh from a long stop due to injury and arrived in Melbourne without great expectations, the Spanish phenomenon literally broke the bank at the Australian Open. The 35-year-old from Manacor won the Happy Slam for the second time in his career, coming back two sets behind Daniil Medvedev in the final. The Iberian thus hoisted himself to 21 Majors, overtaking Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time ranking. The Majorcan also became the fourth man in history to have won all the Slams at least twice (along with Djokovic, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson). Rafa will try to stretch further at Roland Garros, where he will hunt for his 14th seal. Guest of Fabio Fazio in the latest episode of ‘Che Tempo Che Fa’, Nadal recalled the best moments of his extraordinary career. Among them, he also mentioned the 2008 Wimbledon final against Federer.

Rafa Nadal on beating Roger Federer

During an interaction on the Italian talk show ‘Che Tempo Che Fa’, Rafael Nadal said that beating Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final was an epochal moment in his career. “It was an unforgettable match. It was certainly one of the most decisive moments of my career,” said Rafael Nadal. Shortly after his Wimbledon win, Nadal would go on to usurp Federer as the world’s top-ranked player. 35-year-old Spanish tennis star, Rafael Nadal, has had a great hard-court season this year. After winning 20 consecutive matches in 2022, he suffered a shocking loss against Taylor Fritz at the Indian Wells final. His unfortunate rib injury halted his preparation for the clay-court season. At a recent press conference, 21-time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal opened up about playing competitive tennis despite his age and injuries. Also, there’s a slight change in his attitude, as he talked about playing for his happiness more than anything. He said, “I don’t play anymore for things outside of my happiness and my personal motivation. I am happy doing what I am doing. I still feel myself competitive when I am healthy enough.” Fresh off beating Federer in a lopsided Roland Garros final in which he conceded only four games, Rafael Nadal made a bright start in the pair’s sixth meeting in a Grand Slam title match.