Rafael Nadal claimed the 14th Roland Garros title last week. The Spaniard lifted his 22nd Major crown, but there was not too much time to celebrate it, as he went to Barcelona and underwent treatment on his troubled foot. The first reactions were good, and Rafa feels better than in Paris. His uncle Toni believes that Rafa should be ready for Wimbledon and that his preparation could start in a couple of days. After Roland Garros, Nadal said he would do everything to prepare for Wimbledon and chase the first All England Club title since 2010. Still, it all depends on his foot, which has been bothering him for the past 12 months. The Spaniard will give everything to travel to London and seek the third Wimbledon crown, although he can not afford to play the entire event under injections again. Nadal is a two-time Wimbledon champion from 2008 and 2010, playing in a couple more finals and skipping the most prestigious tennis event in 2004, 2009, 2016 and 2021 due to various injuries.
Rafael Nadal will give everything to compete at Wimbledon.
The Spaniard played in five consecutive Wimbledon finals between 2006 and 2011, and he lost the ground entirely between 2012 and 2017 after failing to reach the quarter-final! Nadal raised his level at Wimbledon in 2018, beating five rivals for his first semi-final in seven years. Novak Djokovic halted Nadal in an epic five sets and five hours and 15 minutes of a two-day battle! A year later, Rafa lost one set en route to another Wimbledon semi-final, where he stood no chance against Roger Federer. Standing halfway from a calendar Grand Slam, Rafa will seek the 23rd Major crown in London if his foot allows him to compete and endure the best-of-five sets efforts on the fast surface.
Nadal received injections ahead of every match at Roland Garros to take the pain away and compete at the desired level. Rafa had to dig deep against Felix Auger-Aliassime, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev, beating three top-10 rivals after 11 and a half hours! Rafa enjoyed a relaxed day at the office in the final. He defeated the first-time Major winner Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in two hours and 18 minutes and remained perfect in the Roland Garros finals. Ruud had his chances, but it was insufficient to challenge the greatest clay-courter ever. Rafa pushed the rival’s backhand to the limits and delivered eight breaks from 16 opportunities. The Spaniard tamed his strokes nicely and forged a massive advantage in the mid-range and the most extended exchanges to sail towards the finish line and write history books.