Sunday May 15, 2022

Rafael Nadal failed to secure the fifth Caja Mágica title in Madrid last week. The Spaniard returned to action after missing six weeks with a rib injury and played three matches at the Masters 1000 on home soil. It was enough for Rafa to overtake Roger Federer and claim the Masters 1000 record.

Nadal became the first player with 490 Masters 1000 matches, leaving his great rival at 489 and looking good to get into the exclusive ‘Club 500’ this summer. Rafa got off to a winning start in Madrid with a 6-1, 7-6 triumph over a fit Serbian, Miomir Kecmanovic.

Nadal played at a high level in the first set before his backhand let him down a bit in the second. The Spaniard served for the 6-5 victory in the second set before the Serb broke to prolong the action. The local favorite claimed the tie break 7-4 to seal the deal and start winning.

Nadal faced David Goffin in the third round, seeking the fifth win against the Belgian from seven meetings. Rafa built a 6-3 and 5-3 lead before David recovered to put on an epic match that lasted three hours and ten minutes.

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Goffin survived two match points in consecutive games in the closing stages of the second set and chained four games in a row to win it and force the decider. The Belgian survived a scare in the first game of the final set and kept pace with Nadal in the remaining ones to reach the tie break.

It turned into a roller coaster ride, with Rafa saving four match points with gutsy shots. Goffin squandered his chances, and Nadal closed out the break 11-9 for one of his most exciting wins at the Caja Magica.

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Federer does not give up

Former World No.

2 Tommy Haas believes Roger Federer still has a lot left in the tank and can fight for the big titles once he returns to action. “Roger seriously believes in his comeback and fights hard for it. He wants to know it again and not just deliver a PR appearance.

I would never write Roger off. Maybe he won’t necessarily win another Grand Slam. But he can always get to the quarter-finals or semi-finals – if he’s healthy,” Haas declared. Between the 2002 Paris Masters and 2014 Indian Wells, Federer and Haas met each other 15 times, with the Swiss winning on 13 occasions.

In 2022, their individual Net Worth come up to around 800 Million and 550 Million for both Tiger Woods and Roger Federer respectively according to ‘CelebrityNetWorth.com‘.

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