Australian Open manager Craig Tiley was totally impressed with the campaign Rafael Nadal was able to deliver during the French Open. Nadal, who turned 36 last week, was hampered by foot pain in Rome and there was concern the Spaniard might have to skip the French Open.
However, Nadal found a solution because he decided to anesthetize his foot for two weeks, which allowed him to compete at Roland Garros. In the French Open final, Nadal defeated Casper Ruud to win his 14th French Open title.
“I mean it’s Hercules! There’s nothing else you can say about him, and I think he’d even surprise his own team. He’d go down as one if not the greatest in the game and still have more,” Tilly said on The AO Show podcast, on Sportskeeda.
“So doing that and getting past that tie, winning it and winning it convincingly like he did in the finals, is really cool.”
Telly: Nadal and his team were positively surprised
Entering the French Open, Nadal was in doubt as never before.
However, he managed to emerge victorious. “Well, it’s interesting while talking to Rafa’s team for the past couple of days, that they were just as surprised as the rest of us, because Rafa never thought that,” Tilley said.
Nadal, who won the Australian Open earlier this year, now owns 22 major trophies. “Last year in November he was staring out of the game for at least six months because of his foot injury, he trained in November in December and he didn’t make much progress but decided anyway to come to Australia and then ended up winning the Australian,” said Tilley. He opened, got 21 knockouts, and is ahead of Novak and Roger.”