Rafael Nadal: ‘People remember my performance for…’

22-time Major champion Rafael Nadal will travel to London on Monday ahead of the third Major event of the season at Wimbledon! Rafa has been training hard on grass for the last few days and his foot has reacted well to the treatment. Thus, the Spaniard will enter the most famous tennis tournament and will seek the first Wimbledon crown since 2010. Rafa has had a couple of busy days at his home in Mallorca, training on a grass court with the Spanish junior and Feliciano López and deciding to give it a try at Wimbledon. Rafa has been dealing with a foot injury for a year, battling Novak Djokovic in last year’s Roland Garros semi-final and skipping Wimbledon and the Olympics. Nadal played just two matches in the rest of the season and made an impressive comeback in 2022. With two Major titles to his name, Rafa is the best player of the season, winning four crowns and beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in two Majors. The Spaniard needed injections to withstand the effort of Roland Garros, overcoming them and feeling much better ahead of Wimbledon after receiving foot treatments in Barcelona. Nadal made his Wimbledon debut in 2003, a couple of weeks after his 17th birthday. He had two wins and became one of the youngest players in the third round. Between 2006 and 2011, Rafa played in five consecutive Wimbledon finals, lifting trophies in 2008 and 2010 and losing three more finals to Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. The Spaniard lost ground at the All England Club in subsequent years, failing to reach the quarter-finals between 2012 and 2017. Nadal raised his level at Wimbledon in 2018, defeating five opponents in his first semi-final in seven years.

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Rafael Nadal recently stated that the Davis Cup win, which came after an injury, was aided by the crowd who witnessed the contest on the claycourt of the Seville Olympic Stadium. “The match against Roddick in the 2004 Davis Cup final is one of those that marked my career, and I will never forget it. People remember my performance for the freshness and how young I was, but the real architect of the victory was Carlos Moya, who brought us two points,” Rafael Nadal said. “I think I claimed victory because the crowd was there to support me; it was essential. I had some notable matches in every stage of my career, and this is one of them, especially after that injury. I played at a very high level and deserved the triumph after working hard on the practice court,” he added.