During a long interview with Sport.es, Francisco Roig admitted he was amazed by Rafael Nadal’s start to the season. Roig explained: “I don’t know where Rafael Nadal found the energy to do what he did. After Roland Garros, he took a few days off to recharge his batteries.
He made a huge effort in Paris. He has decided to come to London with the aim of winning the tournament, but we know it won’t be easy. He feels at peace with himself, he loves competition and always does everything possible to get to the bottom.”
Francisco is moderately optimistic about Nadal: “Nadal hasn’t played this tournament for three years, so he’ll need a few games to find the right automatisms. If he plays a tournament every year, the adaptation process is much faster.”
Rafael Nadal, between Paris and London
In an interview with CLAY, Nikolay Davydenko commented on Rafa’s feat in Paris: “He put his health at risk with all those foot infiltrations, but he didn’t violate the rules.
Maybe he really believed it could be his last Roland Garros, so he moved all-in.” Rafael Nadal wowed everyone in the first six months of 2022. The Spanish champion, who took part in just seven official tournaments last year, returned in style by winning the Australian Open against all odds.
The former world number 1 rallied Daniil Medvedev two sets in the final after surviving two real battles against Denis Shapovalov and Matteo Berrettini. The 36-year-old from Manacor was again limited by physical problems in the following months, unable to play as and as much as he would have wanted before Roland Garros.
Arriving in Paris with a thousand doubts, the Iberian has achieved the umpteenth feat of his legendary career. Rafa thus hoisted himself to 22 Majors, further stretching Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time ranking. The Majorcan needed a series of infiltrations to be able to take the court, also sparking some controversy.