‘What’s in Rafael Nadal’s brain is just incredible’, says ATP ace

Triumph of Iga Swiatek in the women’s final of Roland Garros 2022. In a match without history, the formidable Polish tennis player beat the American Cori Gauff by a score of 6-1 and 6-3 and won the second Grand Slam of her career after the same French Open won in 2020. Therefore, the undisputed dominance of the number one on the WTA circuit continues, who has achieved her 35th consecutive victory and has already won 6 tournaments in 2022 (the Parisian Slam, the 4 Master 1000s in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami and Rome and the WTA 500 in Stuttgart). Among the guests of honor who came to the Philippe Chatrier to witness Swiatek’s success was also the legend Billie Jean King, winner of 12 singles Grand Slams in her career, including one in Paris in 1972. The former American tennis player made some interesting statements at the press conference about the possibility of shortening men’s matches in Grand Slam tournaments from 5 to 3 sets. Billie Jean King brought Rafael Nadal’s example to support her thesis, visibly tested in recent matches by his foot injury and the long matches that saw him star against Felix Auger-Aliassime, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev. “I have always said that you only have to play the best of three sets. As the players get older, I want them to be able to play. Nadal, for example, does he want me to stop playing? I don’t want him to ever stop.”

Kudla praises Rafa Nadal

In a conversation with ATP Tennis Radio podcast, Kudla waxed lyrical about Rafael Nadal and how his mental fortitude and resilience has intimidated many players on tour. “He has the mental intimidation on most of the tour. It’s just his talent level is incredible, his resilience is incredible, his vision for the games and what he brings to table and how he can implement it on everybody is just best of the best,” Kudla said. Kudla also highlighted how Nadal has never broken a racquet on the court, attributing it to the calm personality of the Spaniard. “He plays the lefty kind of style so well, he’s got such good power, he plays every single point with focus and intent, he’s so positive. I was talking about this the other day, it’s incredible, where he has been playing for over 17 years and he’s never broken a racquet. And it’s like wow. Everybody has broken a racquet and he’s never broken a racquet. What’s in his brain is just incredible,” Kudla continued.