Rafael Nadal had to undergo a series of offsides to be able to play Roland Garros. The massive efforts of the Spanish phenomenon paid off, as Rafa managed to lift his 14th title in Paris. After winning his first two major titles in 2022, the former world number one has extended to Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time Grand Slam rankings.
The 36-year-old from Manacor has announced that he will also take part in Wimbledon, where he has not won since 2010. The Iberi, who lost last year through injury, reached the semi-finals in London in 2018 and 2019, only abandoning Djokovic and Federer. .
Although he doesn’t start with the nominees, Majorcan will be tough to break for everyone if he makes it to week two. The 22-time Grand Slam champion is already training on Church Road and will be playing some show games before the tournament begins.
Speaking at Eurosport, Alex Cortega detailed Nadal’s chances on London grass.
Corretja on Rafa Nadal
“I feel like 2022 for Rafael Nadal, it’s a miracle, since the beginning of the year,” Corretga said.
After winning the first tournament, and then the first slam tournament, he got injured again and didn’t have much time to prepare for Roland Garros. Then he ended up winning, and a week later, or two weeks later, I thought, ‘Well, maybe he needs some time off,’ He needs time to recover.”
And again, now, he’s ready to go and try to play at Wimbledon,” he added, ‘I feel like only Rafa could do that, frankly, because all the physical difficulties he’s had over him. It shows how humble he is and how much he wants to continue.”
Corretja added that he did not think winning the Calendar Slam title would be on Nadal’s mind. “I don’t think he feels like winning the Calendar Slam; that’s not on his mind,” Corretja said. “He just goes there to train from day one, get ready, and maybe have the best possible chance in the first round.
This is his only goal. Then it will go little by little. This is why Rafa handles these types of situations so well because he knows where he is and goes, just being realistic. “According to the classification announced by the Wimbledon ATP Championships, the number one seed will be the defender, Novak Djokovic.
He was followed by both Grand Slam winner of the year Rafael Nadal in second place. Geneva Open champion and French Open runner-up Casper Ruud is third. While Spain’s rising star Carlos Alcaraz and Felix Auger-Aliassime, the Halle Open 2022 quarter-finalist are fifth and sixth behind Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is currently playing in the Mallorca Open.