“I don’t know how Rafael Nadal did this in…”, says the legend
Never before has Rafael Nadal won the first two Grand Slams of the season. The former world number 1 left everyone speechless in the first six months of 2022, in which he proved for the umpteenth time that he is a legend in modern sport.
As well as winning the Australian Open for the second time in his career, the Spanish phenom also won his 14th Roland Garros. The 36-year-old from Manacor wasn’t even sure whether to take the pitch in Paris, given the foot pain that had already limited him in the Madrid and Rome tournaments.
Through a series of infiltrations and the help of Dr. Cotorro, the Iberian accomplished another memorable feat. Rafa thus climbed to 22 Majors, further stretching Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time rankings.
The Mallorcan will be one of the most anticipated players at Wimbledon, where he hasn’t triumphed since 2010. Speaking to Eurosport, John McEnroe said it would be difficult for Nadal to win again in London.
McEnroe opens up on Nadal
“Rafael Nadal’s hardest thing is going to be this one for me because if you believe what he said at Roland Garros, he injected himself in his foot during some, if not all of his games.
I can’t believe you decided not to do this. I don’t know how he did it in the first place, and he’s still capable of winning seven games and looking amazing, right? The guy looked amazing,” McEnroe said. Speaking to the media, the former USA player further revealed what he would do if he were in Nadal’s shoes when it comes to the foot problem. chronicle of the Spaniard.
“If I’m 36 I don’t know how much longer I’m going to play, for the Slam I’d start pulling that foot again and I’d go through Wimbledon and the Open. That would be me. He may be able to play a few more years.
He also talked about wanting to be able to walk when he has kids. It’s a risk no athlete wants to take,” McEnroe said. Nadal is ready to play on major turf despite losing his ranking points.
His coach, Carlos Moya, spoke about Rafa’s view of the tournament. He said: “Wimbledon is a favorite tournament for Rafa. He won the title twice and made five consecutive finals. Both have 20 Grand Slams each and Novak Djokovic will also strive to increase his tally at Grand Slam titles.