Without a doubt, Rafael Nadal has written several pages of tennis history with his incredible successes in the past and in the recent present. His thinking in this last period has focused on controlling his physique, to remain competitive on the circuit for a few more years. The condition, not at its highest after the great efforts of Roland Garros, forced him to skip the stages of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, then a nagging injury to his left foot kept him away for the rest of the season, with a very brief hiatus from the Washington tournament. In short, a very unfortunate 2021 for the Spanish, who nevertheless maintained the fifth position in the ATP ranking, thanks also to the ‘partially frozen’ ranking due to the pandemic. The 35-year-old tennis player, with the results achieved, would still be classified at this time for the next Turin Finals, demonstrating how the Manacor native has always known how to leave his mark in each year, although it is less evident and marked than other great seasons. . The winner of 20 Grand Slam titles (an Australian Open, 13 French Open, 2 Wimbledon and 4 Us Open), the same number as his all-time rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, has maintained and consolidated a record very important in recent months despite a sorry year full of physical problems. With the triumph in Barcelona and in the BNL Internacional in Italy, Rafa remains the tennis player with the most consecutive seasons in which he has won at least one ATP title.
Swiatek considers Nadal a genuinely humble person
In the latest episode of CrossCourt, Poland’s Iga Swiatek and Hubert Hurkacz spoke at length about Rafael Nadal. Swiatek and Hurkacz both heaped praise on the 20-time Grand Slam champion, lauding his humility as well as his claycourt prowess. “Basically it’s not only about the game, because of course I love his topspin and just how he plays on clay,” Swiatek replied. “Clay is also my favorite surface. So when I was younger, I wanted to be like him, but I knew it’s kind of impossible, because he’s much stronger, and I also like his attitude and how he behaves off-court.” Swiatek stressed that she considers Nadal a genuinely humble person, pointing to how the Spaniard took time out to greet her during the Madrid Masters despite her status as a relative newcomer on the tour. “Yeah, Rafa is great. When we were in Madrid, still I was surprised that he said hi to me, because I still feel like I’m a junior, I’m new here, and he’s like a superstar,” Swiatek said. “So that shows that he’s really down to earth.”